Y’ALL – Young Appalachian Leaders and Learners

This was a note received in our e-mail. I have decided to forward it to post it to the website in case it would be of interest to anyone.


Hello Grow Appalachia friends,

I’m Kathryn Engle, site coordinator for GA at the Lend-A-Hand Center in Walker, Kentucky. Hope everyone’s gardens are growing well!

I am also on the steering committee of the Appalachian Studies Association (http://appalachianstudies.org/). ASA does a lot of great work in the region and is looking to reach out to different groups doing important work in communities like yourselves and your Grow Appalachia organizations.

I am also the co-chair for “Y’ALL” “Young Appalachian Leaders and Learners”  http://appalachianstudies.org/members/committees/yall.php Young Appalachian Leaders and Learners (Y’ALL) is a committee within the Appalachian Studies Association. We seek to facilitate connections and relationships between young people in Appalachia, provide opportunities for professional advancement and training, as well as encourage lifelong scholarship and activism in the region. We strive to foster an inclusive environment that breaks down walls between institutions and encourages engagement, leadership, and collegiality.

Y’ALL is just getting off the ground and is hoping to work with awesome people and organizations throughout the region. We are doing a quick survey and would love for you to be involved! You don’t have to be a member of ASA or even “young” for that matter.

The purpose of this survey is to gather ideas for the possible structure of Y’ALL (Young Appalachian Leaders & Learners) committee of the Appalachian Studies Association (ASA), possible future projects, and to locate areas where we can collaborate with existing groups and efforts.  Your answers will not be published as research or used on any forums other than to assist the Appalachian Studies Association and Y’ALL. We invite responses from individuals who would consider themselves “young Appalachians” and those who do not, members of ASA, and non-members, alike.  Please share the link to the survey https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_2i2CfxbUgzDVHi5 with interested parties.

I know Grow Appalachia has a lot of amazing leaders and learners, and ASA would love to collaborate with you and your organizations. I truly think the Grow Appalachia network of organizations is one of the most exciting things going on in the region today!

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns or simply want to share ideas and chat.

Thank you so much for your time,

Jordan Laney, Y’ALL co-chair

828-406-6514 jlaney@vt.edu

Kathryn Engle, Y’ALL co-chair

859 893-0947 kathryn.engle@uky.edu

Kathryn Engle

Department of Sociology

University of Kentucky

Patterson Office Tower 1505


Lend-A-Hand Center

Grow Appalachia Site Coordinator

859 893-0947



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