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Julie Rae Powers illustration

Drawing Resilience: Julie Rae Powers

Julie Rae Powers’ photographic and written work has focused on family history, coal, Appalachia, the queer “female” gaze, the butch body, and queer chosen families. They are the author and editor of the forthcoming Reclamation: Queering Appalachia’s Visual History and the memoir To Thine Own Self Be True, both out in 2024.

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Work-based learning and apprenticeship: The challenge of being rural

Apprenticeship presents a powerful strategy to connect jobseekers to family-supporting wages and career advancement opportunities. While there has been significant funding dedicated to the development of registered apprenticeships over the past several years, rural communities and especially rural young adults have largely not benefited.

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illustration of Scott Shigeoka

Drawing Resilience: Scott Shigeoka

Scott Keoni Shigeoka (they/he) is a nationally recognized creative leader and curiosity expert. He has worked with some of the most impactful and influential social movements, leaders, organizations, and celebrities in the past 15 years. Scott has deep roots in rural places; he is from a small town in Hawai‘i and now resides in another small town in the California Mojave Desert. Nhatt Nichols talks with Scott about his work and reframing who and what should be resilient.

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Helen Matthews Lewis

Because of Helen Matthews Lewis 

Because of Helen Lewis, Whitney Kimball Coe was able to follow her calling to return home to East Tennessee, not just to build a life there but to lead, to serve, to celebrate all that we are and all we can be.  

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The Rural Assembly celebrates Welcoming Week 2022

For the next week, The Rural Assembly is joining Welcoming America and partners across the country to celebrate Welcoming Week 2022.

Welcoming Week is an opportunity to celebrate the values that unite us as neighbors, parents, and colleagues, and to make our communities more welcoming to all those who call rural America home.

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Carmina Taylor

Drawing Resilience: Carmina Taylor

Carmina Taylor is a passionate human service and public education advocate, and a lifelong civil rights activist. She believes giving back is more significant than receiving anything and hopes that her selfless spirit infects anyone she encounters because spreading love is so much more important to her than spreading hate.

Carmina is also the founder of the “We Can’t Wait” PA Statewide Coalition for Racial Equity and a Movement for Black and Brown Lives of Montgomery County. I spoke with her during one of her long drives between meetings with rural community leaders.

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Everywhere Radio: New voices and new questions

Everywhere Radio returns this season with new voices and new questions. We want to ask rural leaders why they do what they do and how they keep going in the face of conflict: How do you stay in relationship with your neighbors despite differences? What inner resources are you drawing upon to keep showing up when the work gets hard? What are you learning along the way about yourself, your community, and the future you envision? Why does rural America matter to the future of our democracy?

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