Community fellows get to work


From left, Vanessa Bellman, Kyle Weddington and Tevin Amburgy get down to business Tuesday afternoon.

WILMINGTON – Three young faces with fresh ideas will soon be assisting local businesses and organizations through the Clinton Community Fellows Program, a joint effort between Energize Clinton County and the Clinton County Regional Planning Commission.

Tevin Amburgy, Vanessa Bellman and Kyle Weddington were selected as this year’s fellows.

Over the next two months, the three fellows will individually partner with an initiative or project within a business or organization, providing new ideas and fresh perspectives in return for real-world experience.

Amburgy, a Wilmington High School graduate currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in English and Education at Wilmington College, has partnered with Over the Rhine, a local band, and the City of Wilmington, specifically Sugar Grove Cemetery and the Parks Department.

Amburgy told the News Journal his favorite part about the program so far is that his responsibilities are his own, and he is able to make his own schedule.

Bellman, a home-school graduate who recently received her bachelor’s degree in International Studies from Thomas Edison State College, has partnered with the Wilmington College Peace Resource Center and the Clinton County Homeless Shelter.

Bellman said her favorite part about the program so far is research for the Peace Resource Center.

Weddington, an East Clinton High School graduate currently pursuing a degree in Computer Science and Engineering from The Ohio State University, has partnered with the You-Turn Recovery Docket in Clinton County Common Pleas Court and Thirey Cabinet Makers.

Weddington said his favorite part about the program so far is networking with influential community members.

The 10-week fellowship program was created in 2010 with three goals in mind: To provide real, professional experiences for young professionals; to give local businesses and organizations project support at no cost; and to help attract and retain young professionals in Clinton County.

The program will culminate Aug. 18 when the fellows give presentations to the community about their experience.

Reach David Wright at 937-556-5770, or on Twitter @DavidWrighter.