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Watch Connecting Our Heartlands

Watch Connecting Our Heartlands: Toward an Inclusive American Creed, a virtual event that combines photography and civic discussion to explore what we can learn about citizen power from rural young adults.

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Thank you, 2022 partners and friends!

As the Rural Assembly looks back over 2022, our hearts are full of gratitude for the many friends, partners, and courageous community leaders who participated in helping us carry out our mission to build a more inclusive and just nation.

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Kendra Pospychalla

Drawing Resilience: Kendra Pospychalla

We talk with Kendra Pospychalla, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran with a decade of experience in disaster management. She specializes in designing disaster-related service programs and response plans. Kendra currently works for the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) as the Director for Disaster Solutions, where she advises rural community and economic development organizations and local governments in their disaster-related efforts.

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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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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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