Investing in Appalachia's Youth Conference
Hosted by the State of Alabama
October 8-9, 2014
Marriott Shoals Hotel
Many communities in Appalachia, especially those in rural areas, are facing the impacts of high rates of youth outmigration: the loss of potential workers, business owners, community leaders, and parents of the next generation. The Appalachian Regional Commission's October 2014 Investing in Appalachia's Youth conference focused on strategies communities can use to engage their young people and build a stronger future. Access to high-quality educational and employment opportunities are critical factors, but empowering young people to strengthen their involvement with the community is also key to success.
Conference sessions focused on critical strategies for reversing youth outmigration, including:
- Developing effective youth leadership programs that expose young people to community issues and teach leadership skills;
- Using new technology and media to reach and engage young residents;
- Empowering young people to serve their communities by becoming actively involved in current issues;
- Guiding students towards careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics;
- Incorporating entrepreneurial learning and support into all levels of the education system;
- Teaching business skills to young people in the creative sectors; and
- Creating communities young people will want to work and live in.
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Complete video playlist
Welcome: Jim Byard Jr., Director, Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs
Opening Remarks: ARC Federal Co-Chair Earl F. Gohl
Keynote Address: Kim Phinney, Senior Director of Rural and Tribal Initiatives, YouthBuild USA, Westford, Vermont
Concurrent Session: New Business: Youth + Entrepreneurship
Moderator: Suzanne Fuller Harbin, Director of Advancement, Wallace State Community College, Hanceville, Alabama. Panelists: Laurie Daugherty, Executive Director, Governor's School for Entrepreneurs, and Associate Vice President, Kentucky Science and Technology Corporation, Lexington, Kentucky; Miles Smith, Participant, Ohio–West Virginia Youth Leadership Association, Beckley, West Virginia.
From Our View: Young Appalachians Roundtable
Moderator: William Schumann, Director, Center for Appalachian Studies, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina. Panelists: Joshua Bell, Physician, Lakeside Clinic, Guntersville, Alabama; Brandon Dennison, Executive Director, Coalfield Development Corporation, Wayne, West Virginia; Lucy Johnson, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Rural Outreach, U.S. Department of Education, Washington, D.C.
Concurrent Session Presentations
Presentations are posted with the permission of conference speakers. This list does not include all presentations given at the conference.
- New Opportunities: Youth + Tomorrow's Jobs
Craig Clark, Executive Director and Dean of Applied Technology, Wellsville Campus, Alfred State College, Wellsville, New York
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Erin Hildreth, Director of Programs, Central New York Area Health Education Center, Cortland, New York
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Sammy Lowdermilk, Program Director, Tennessee Code Academy, Chattanooga, Tennessee
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Kostas Skordas, Director, Regional Planning and Research Division, Appalachian Regional Commission, Washington, D.C.
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