Written by Taria Person
Posted by Treasure Hightower
Welcome to SEEED’s Weekly Voice! This week we are highlighting a few influential moments, from one of SEEED’s Energy Corps trainees, Christopher Cosley. I had a chance to speak with him after he attended “The Grow your Garden Series,” Wednesday, September 20th, hosted by Amanda Spangler, from The Center for Urban Agriculture. The event was a “Fall Edibles” workshop, which covered the process of propagating herbs from cuttings and saving seeds.
SEEED’s mission is to “create pathways out of poverty for young adults through career readiness training, while equipping communities with environmental literacy skills.” Let’s see what Christopher expressed with us, in regards to the impact that SEEED has on young adults, and on the community of Knoxville.
[Interview with Christopher Cosley]
Taria: Hi Christopher.
Christopher: Hi Ma’am.
Taria: I’m glad that I’m finally able to speak with you.
Christopher: Most certainly. I’m glad, as well.
Taria: So Christopher, tell me about yourself. How old are you, and where are you from?
Christopher: I’m 19, and originally from Birmingham, AL.
Taria: Okay. So Christopher, what brought you to SEEED? What made you apply for the Energy Corps Program?
Christopher: Um…my want to better myself, to broaden horizons, and to obtain my goal. I didn’t know what the goal would be, but I knew SEEED would assist in me achieving it. I knew what direction—something in Business. Something where I could give back, and that would allow me to give back in a very impactful way. With SEEED, I feel like I can do that.
Taria: Wow. Thank you for sharing that statement.
Christopher: Most certainly.
Taria: In these three weeks, what have you learned from the Energy Corps Program?
Christopher: I’ve learned that, it doesn’t matter where you come from or what the circumstances are, you can achieve your goals. I’ve learned the true value of applied knowledge, not personally, but I have acquired knowledge through others, and from all that I have, which will help me with things in the future. For instance, basic self-defense. I definitely don’t want to be involved in any altercations, but a simple duck and cover, to avoid totally getting beaten up, could give me time to get away and get help. (We actually learned that at SEEED, by the way).
Taria: Nice. Sounds like you all have had some fun, and learned some essential skills in the program.
Taria: And you attended, “The Grow your Garden Series” event.
Taria: Could you highlight some of your experience at the workshop?
Christopher: I would love to. It was pretty cool learning, exactly how to save seeds. I know the importance of learning these agriculture tips. It is a way more productive course of action than going to the store.
Christopher: You can save money. It’s good for our environment, and it’s extremely economical. I’ve already started growing two little strawberry plants, a thyme plant, a rosemary plant, a lavender plant, and a lemon balm plant.
Taria: Wow! Did you obtain these plants before or after attending the event?
Christopher: All after the event.
Taria: That is phenomenal. Do you think that events and programs (that SEEED offers) are beneficial to the community and young adults?
Christopher: Most definitely. It’s, honestly, putting yourself out there, and taking the information. You can sit there or you could listen. It helps you in the long run, today…right now. SEEED is super beneficial.
Taria: My final question for you. What is one thing that any young adult needs, in order to be successful?
Christopher: First you need desire. Once you have that desire, you have to be determined. I actually say, you have to have three things. First, you need desire. Second, you need to be determined. Third, you need God. You need some form of religion or practice, which keeps you leveled and keeps you in the right direction.
Taria: Thank you so much Christopher. It was a pleasure speaking with you today.
Christopher: Yes. Thank you.
Please join SEEED in congratulating Christopher Cosley in his endeavors, during the Energy Corps Program! Thank you so much for checking out SEEED’s Weekly Voice, and don’t forget to like, share, and leave us a comment. Until next time, keep growing!