Fifty-four young people from rural communities across the United States will gather for the first National Rural Youth Assembly April 22-25, 2010, in Santa Fe, N.M.
The youth will discuss how the nation can respond to the challenges confronting small towns and rural places. The event is organized by theNational Rural Assembly, a network of local and national rural leaders and nonprofits working to create a stronger voice for rural America.
The Youth Assembly participants represent the width and breadth of rural America. They come from 28 states (participant list is posted below) and range in age from 18 to 25. There are African Americans, Alaskan Natives, Caucasians, Hispanics, Native Americans, and a Pacific Islander.
The youth participants were selected for their leadership, interests, and a demonstrated concern for the future of their rural communities. All participants are already active in local initiatives. One is a student who tutors others in math at her high school. Another leads a program to educate Native American young people on how to prevent type 2 diabetes. One is a crew leader for a housing construction and youth leadership program.
The youth participants have helped organize conferences on topics as diverse as intergenerational women’s issues, economic development, and health care policy. They edit literary magazines, lead summer camps, and mentor children.
The National Rural Assembly is funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, based in Battle Creek, Michigan. The Kellogg Foundation, established in 1930, supports children, families and communities as they strengthen and create conditions that propel vulnerable children to achieve success as individuals and as contributors to the larger community and society.
CONTACT: Tim Marema , Vice President
Center for Rural Strategies
tim [ a t ] ruralstrategies.org , 865-688-9546