Our mission is to ensure all Appalachian students succeed, and we pursue it using four interconnected strategies: Lifting Educational Aspirations, Building Academic Skills, Connecting College and Career, and Engaging Families. To support these strategies, we braid services and align funding streams — leveraging $42.9 million each year — to optimize results for over 50,000 young people and their families.
Rural Leaders Launch Service Year Initiative at Service Year Alliance’s Community ChangeMaker Summit
The Rural Summit
The Rural Summit brings together hundreds of people from rural communities across the nation to share ideas and inspiration through our annual convening and online opportunities. Click here to learn more about past events, online opportunities and plans for the 2021 Summit in Manchester, New Hampshire.
Our Creative Promise
Our Creative Promise is an information gathering and sharing project designed to support communities in ten Southeastern Kentucky counties in taking inventory of the artists, cultural organizations, events, venues and other creative assets currently in the area. [visit site]
Partners for Education braids a wide variety of programs together to serve Appalachian students. Learn more about our programs and which counties they serve.
Data for Data Driven Solutions
Headquartered in Iowa City, Iowa, ACT provides high-quality assessments grounded in nearly 60 years of research.
(ARC) Appalachian Regional Commission
Established by an act of Congress in 1965, ARC is a regional economic development agency that represents a partnership of federal, state, and local government. It is composed of the governors of the 13 Appalachian states and a federal co-chair, who is appointed by the president.
(CDC) Center for Disease Control
The CDC serves as the national focus for developing and applying disease prevention and control, environmental health, and health promotion and health education activities designed to improve the health of the people of the United States.
Ideas and Inspiration: Resources
AmeriCorps programs do more than move communities forward; they serve their members by creating jobs and providing pathways to opportunity for young people entering the workforce. AmeriCorps places thousands of young adults into intensive service positions where they learn valuable work skills, earn money for education, and develop an appreciation for citizenship.
Save the Children
Save the Children began working with Kentucky communities in 1932 to provide support to school children during the Great Depression. They currently partner with 31 sites in 8 counties, serving 11,154 children.
MyON is an award-winning personalized literacy environment that incorporates enhanced digital reading content, daily news articles written for students, the Lexile® Framework for Reading, cutting-edge literacy tools and embedded metrics to monitor activity and growth.
The mission of AdvanceKentucky is to work with local, state and national partners to dramatically expand access to and participation and success in rigorous college-level work in high school, particularly among student populations traditionally underrepresented in these courses.
Appalachian Community Federal Credit Union
Appalachian Community Federal Credit Union is a socially responsible financial cooperative that seeks to strengthen low-income and rural communities throughout its region by giving individuals access to fair and affordable credit and promoting employment opportunities through small business lending.