Linking Arms with New Friends: Rural Assembly Partners with Rethinking Rural

We are excited to announce our partnership with Rethinking Rural, a national network of millennials dedicated to creating resiliently vibrant communities. Based out of northwest Washington, Rethinking Rural was started in 2017 and in 2018 they held their first symposium of rural millennials to discuss the challenges and successes they face in their own communities and build the next generation of rural community leaders.

 Madeline Moore, Denise Pranger, and Malloree Weinheimer (left to right) lead Rethinking Rural, a national network of millennials dedicated to creating resiliently vibrant communities. (Photo from Madeline Moore).
Madeline Moore, Denise Pranger, and Malloree Weinheimer (left to right) lead Rethinking Rural, a national network of millennials dedicated to creating resiliently vibrant communities. (Photo from Madeline Moore).

The partnership between the Rural Assembly and Rethinking Rural came out of the desire to leverage our mutual networks and resources to support young rural leaders across the country.

“Access to an established national platform and trusted 501c3 will help our devoted network of rural millennials grow and engage on a larger scale,” says Madeline Moore, one of the three founders of Rethinking Rural.

“With three symposiums planned over the next three years, one in Nauvoo, Alabama and one focused on Indian Country, held in the Pacific Northwest, Rethinking Rural is poised to become an integral voice of the future of rural communities on a national scale. This new partnership will be key to the success and growth of our organization and we couldn’t be more proud of it.”

 Participants from the inaugural Rethinking Rural Symposium in Fort Townsend, Washington come together for a picture. (Photo from Madeline Moore).
Participants from the inaugural Rethinking Rural Symposium in Fort Townsend, Washington come together for a picture. (Photo from Madeline Moore).

The focus of Rethinking Rural on empowering millennial leaders and amplifying their voices is especially in line with the Rural Assembly’s emphasis over the next two years on women, youth, and people of color.

“The Rural Assembly is committed to celebrating and amplifying the voices of young people who are choosing to build their lives in small towns and rural communities,” says Whitney Kimball Coe, Coordinator of the Assembly.

”Rethinking Rural is a natural partner who shares our passion for supporting rural leaders. We look forward to linking arms with their network of engaged, devoted rural millennials.”

 Whitney Kimball Coe, Coordinator of the Rural Assembly, exploring the Sangria De Cristo mountains in New Mexico with Madeline Moore of Rethinking Rural during January’s Rural Voices for Conservation Annual Meeting. (Photo by Whitney Kimball Coe).
Whitney Kimball Coe, Coordinator of the Rural Assembly, exploring the Sangria De Cristo mountains in New Mexico with Madeline Moore of Rethinking Rural during January’s Rural Voices for Conservation Annual Meeting. (Photo by Whitney Kimball Coe).

Stay tuned for more information on coming symposiums of Rethinking Rural and our collaboration moving forward! For questions reach out to Mary Sketch at mary@ruralstrategies.org.

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