STAY Summer Institute — Sign Up Now!

ATI Partner the STAY Project (Stay Together Appalachian Youth) is hosting a summer institute in August to be held in Harlan County, KY.  This is a great opportunity for youth throughout Appalachia to join together, build relationships, share skills and perspectives on community issues.

It is also a great opportunity for those who support youth to help secure funding and travel logistics, encourage submitting session proposals, and supporting the empowerment of our region’s youth more broadly.  If you have a specific skill – grant-writing, storytelling, public hearing and lobby events – consider working with youth in your community to propose a workshop during the Institute.  Details about how to do so are below.

From STAY:

We are now accepting registration forms and session proposals for the 2011 STAY Summer Institute.

STAY Summer Institute @ the Pine Mountain Settlement School in Bledsoe, KY
August 9th-12th

The STAY Summer Institute will focus on empowering young people through a sense of place, promoting leadership development, upholding our Appalachian identity through cultural arts and storytelling, and building personal relationships to sustain each other through our efforts.

The leadership trainings will focus on organizing, popular education, grant writing, small-business skills, financial/budget management, anti-oppression workshops, etc.

Participants should be between the ages of 14-30.  Session presenters can be all ages.

Registration fees are $50-$150 (sliding scale) per participant.  Scholarships and travel stipends are available on a first come, first serve basis.

To propose your own or collaborative session, return the proposal form by July 4th.  All other participants, please return the registration form by July 29th.  Forms are available on the STAY Project website:

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Ada Smith at or call 606.422.5902.

Feel free to spread the word via email, flyers, and talking to your friends and family!


Kristin Tracz

About Kristin Tracz

Kristin Tracz served MACED’s Research and Policy team from 2009-2012 working on clean energy policy, energy efficiency programs and the Appalachian Transition Initiative. She joined MACED after finishing her Master of Environmental Management degree at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. She now lives and works in Washington, DC.