Appalachia is in the midst of reimagining itself.
From where I’m standing, there is so much great work happening in this sphere; notably, by folks who recently secured POWER funding to get innovative projects off the ground in coal-impacted communities, throughout the state.
Today, pivotal change feels not just necessary, but actually possible. Though questions like, “how might we harness our collective knowledge, creativity, and entrepreneurship to build a thriving Appalachia?” still remain.
If you’re interested in envisioning the future of this place, join community and nonprofit leaders, entrepreneurs, elected officials, students, teachers, activists and artists from all over Appalachia at the Brushy Fork Institute this month in Berea, Kentucky. The conference will be held September 20 through the 23.
Did I mention that West Virginia native and co-founder and Executive Director of Coalfield Development Corporation, Brandon Dennison, is the keynote speaker?
Now that you’re hooked, let’s talk details.
If you live in Calhoun, Clay, Gilmer, Lincoln, McDowell, Roane, Summers or Webster county, you are may be eligible for a full scholarship to the conference.
Young people ages 16 to 24 can apply to have their registration fee covered entirely. Any adults who wish to accompany a young person to the Institute can apply for a partial scholarship. Travel support may also be requested.
There are 8 youth and 4 adult scholarships available specifically for West Virginians. Head over to the Brushy Fork Institute’s site and apply today. Act quickly! Registration closes September 9.
All participants choose one track to attend, each of which will consist of 14 hours of intensive training specific to the subject. (I had the most difficult time choosing just one, because they all sound incredible!)
Have a look at this year’s tracks:
- Engaged, Encouraged & Empowered: A Track for Youth Leaders
- Women and Leadership
- Intergenerational Community Building
- Reimagining Our Region: Economic Inclusion & Innovation
- Experience-Based Economies: Leveraging Cultural Heritage, Local Innovation, and Natural Assets to Promote Tourism
- Social Enterprise: Exploring How Mission Meets Market
- How to Change the World in Five Easy Steps
- Ordinary Communities Achieving Extraordinary Results
- Performing Community: Why Local Stories Matter
- Digital Storytelling for Impact
- Strategic Nonprofit Management and Transformational Leadership
- Communication Strategies for Experienced Leaders
- Beginning Grant Writing
- Fundraising Beyond Grants
I hope to see you there!