Fall Fundraising Week October 15th- 22nd; STAY Steering Committee nominations open now through October 21st; contact information update & more!
We've been STAYing busy, and are really excited to share some news and opportunities with y'all!
We would love for you to apply yourself, or nominate a friend to join The STAY Project's Steering Committee! This is a great way to connect with the work of STAY throughout the year, and gain skills and experience through helping create opportunities for leadership building, connection, and skill building fueling the youth movement in Appalachia.
The Steering Committee is responsible for the general decision making, financial health, and supporting the work of STAY throughout the year. One of the responsibilities of The STAY Project is to support and guide the work of the STAY Coordinator.
If you or someone you know is interested in applying for STAY’s 2016-2017 Steering Committee, please take a moment to answer the following questions.We especially encourage youth of color, LGBTQ youth, and youth under 18 to apply.Go ahead and share this opportunity with other youth age 14-30 from Central Appalachia!
STAY members will get a chance to elect the new steering committee members via an online vote the week of October 24th-28th, 2016.
We are so grateful to be receiving the proceeds from this event, so come out and have fun with us at West Sixth Brewing in Lexington!
Doors open at 8:30pm, with the event starting at 9 in the Barrel Room at West 6th Brewing Company.The bingo prizes include door prizes, packages from local businesses, breweries, distilleries, wineries, and unique art from local artists!
For more information, firstname.lastname@example.org, or search the event “Drag Bingo for a Cause” on Facebook.
Thanks so much to Katie Pirotina for designing the poster, and to Homeplace High Adventure, The Imperial Court of Kentucky, and West 6th Brewing Company for helping host and promote our events!
Stick around after Drag Bingo and join members of The STAY Project October 16th at 2pm in a conversation about youth organizing in Appalachia at theWild Fig Bookstorein Lexington, KY.
Are you a young person who wants to get plugged in? Do you have friends who do, or do you want to meet other young people from Appalachia? Come hear stories from STAY members and share your own story, too!
Drag Bingo Fundraiser for STAY @ West 6th Brewing Company & kickoff to Fall Fundraising Week for STAY!
STAY Meet & Greet and discussion @ Wild Fig Bookstore
Deadline to submit your STAY Steering Committee Application
Cast your vote for our next Steering Committee!
All-day event for young folks about a Just Economic Transition, partnering with Kentucky Student Environmental Coalition (more details soon)
Highlander Center's Training for Trainers for the new Economics & Governance curriculum, located at the Penn Center in South Carolina.STAY is sending a team of folks, and we would love for you to be a part! If you're interested in being a part of STAY's contingent, let us know. Please see Highlander's website for more details and to apply.
Where has STAY been in the last few months?
STAY Summer Institute 2016!
At the end of July, we hosted our 6th gathering for young people at theSTAY Summer Institutein Black Mountain, NC. We had about 40 folks from across the region who showed up, shared their skills, learned from one another, and made new friends & comrades to last a lifetime! Some highlights from the weekend included:
youth-led workshop tracks on media production, pottery, sexy sex ed, vlogging, film screenings, and more!
Cultural sharing around a campfire & music on the world's biggest porch (okay, it was big but not the biggest)
Just Transition Work with KSEC One exciting partnership STAY has been building over the last year has been about growing the conversation around a just economic transition from a youth perspective. STAY has been rolling with theKentucky Student Environmental Coaltion (KSEC) this year to help create opportunities for young people to discuss our changing economy, especially around energy, and what the future we want to live is about. We co-hosted a Hemp Farm tour and Potluck with KSEC back in the summer, where we learned about the feasibility of hemp production as a piece of the transition puzzle. Save the date for our Youth Just Transition meetup on November 20th!
Brushy Fork Institute There were several STAY members in attendance at the annualBrushy Fork Institutein Berea, Kentucky. Brushy Fork is a multi-track institute of training and networking that offers skills to the Appalachian region. Our steering committee member Izzy Broomfield represented STAY on a panel about inter-generational organizing at the Institute!
Highlander's 84th Homecoming Celebration Highlander has always been home for STAY, (Highlander serves as STAY's Fiscal Sponsor) and there were several STAY members in attendance at theAnnual Homecoming Celebration.This year, we celebrated the service of Executive Director Pam McMichael as she announced her retirement. STAY members also participated in a one-day Training for Trainers event for the Economics and Governance Curriculum, and danced the night away toRev. Sekou and the Holy Ghost as the Revive Love Tourkicked off @ Homecoming!
Southern Movement Assembly VI STAY brought our biggest contingent yet (9 folks!) to theSouthern Movement Assembly in ChattanoogaOct. 1st-2nd. STAY members spread across three breakouts to make a plan of action for the south: Protect & Defend, A New Social Economy, and a People's Democracy. STAY knows that building movement infrastructure across the south is key to liberation of all people, and we look forward to moving together and helping to better connect Appalachian youth to movement across the south.
A few photos from The 2016 STAY Summer Institute, courtesy of our steering committee member Lou Murrey . See more photos on STAY's website, or by searching the hashtags #staysummerinstitute #appalachianlovestory #ssi2016 #stayproject
Bottom Left, photo credit to Izzy Broomfield. Folks at the Southern Movement Assembly to remind us to practice liberation everywhere we go as we build infrastructure for #southernpeoplespower.
Bottom right, photo from our Coordinator with some of STAY's founders and family at Highlander's 84th Homecoming Celebration!
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