Save the Date for The STAY Project's Appalachian Love Week! The Stay Together Appalachian Youth Project will be invites you to join us February 12th-18th to celebrate our 3rd Annual Appalachian Love Week Fundraiser. Share your #AppalachianLoveStory with us and donate to be a part of building and supporting an intersectional youth movement in Appalachia.
Youth Bridge the Rural-Urban Divide through We Are All Connected Project
New York City youth from the Educational Video Center live, learn, and make documentaries and a website together with rural youth in Appalachia’s Clearfork Valley community of East Tennessee. Turning their cameras on systemic issues including the opioid epidemic and the right to broadband access, they learn how interconnected their urban and rural communities really are. To watch their films visit the We Are All Connected website. Be sure to check out the article in the Lafollette Press about the projecthere.
Sign up for the Pollinator Produce Partners CSA
Don't miss this opportunity to receive delicious locally grown food! Becca & Joe of Pollinator Produce Partners provided the meals for the 2017 STAY Summer Institute. Attendees of SSI commented frequently about how nourished they felt with Becca & Joe providing meals. If you live in their service area, consider supporting young farmers in Appalachia and signing up for their CSA atwww.pollinatorproducepartners.com
Happenings around the Region
January 25th Naoma, WV: Mountain Music and Medicinals Come enjoy free supper, live music from Tug River Troubadour, Glen Simpson, and a workshop by Emily Lachniet of Appalachian Sustainable Development and Tanner Filyaw with Rural Action, who will speak about resources to help folks earn money in the sustainable harvest and cultivation of ginseng, yellow root, and other medicinal herbs. Learn morehere.
January 25th-27th Knoxville, TN:Carpetbag Theatre presents Nothin' Nice, the story of a young man forced to confront issues of environmental racism and its impact on his family and community. Purchase your ticket here.
January 27th Knoxville, TN: Tents not Jails! Leave Homeless Shelters Alone! This is not charity, it is a protest. Please bring signs to stand with the growing group of citizens nationwide who need shelter. Learn More
January 29th Knoxville, TN: Rally to Bring Back In-Person Visits
Face To Face Knox is a coalition of citizens with a simple demand: Bring back in-person visits to the Knox County jail. Learn More
January 30th Maryville, TN: Foothills LGBT Trans Documentation Clinic
Southern Movement Assembly General Assembly Call 6pm. More Info TBA.
Greenbrier, WV: March on Greenbrier
From January 31st to February 2nd, President Trump will meet with Republican members of Congress for a legislative retreat at the Greenbrier resort in West Virginia. The Center for Popular Democracy Action (CPDA) and its allies are bringing together thousands of people from across the country to gather outside the Greenbrier and voice our opposition to Trump’s agenda for the new year. Come march, chant, sing, participate in media events, and meet fellow passionate voices of resistance. We need all of you! Learn More
Knoxville, TN: Free Rural Area Medical Clinic. This clinic runs from January 31st - February 4th. Learn More
February 8th Charleston, WV: WV Free All Kinds Are Welcome Here Civil Liberties Lobby Day 2018 Learn More
February 10th Boone, NC: Appalachian State Fiddlers Convention Learn More
February 12th -18th
Appalachian Love Week: The STAY Project's 3rd annual Valentines Day Fundraiser! Make STAY your Valentine by making a donation or sharing your #AppalachianLoveStory on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.
February 13th Wise, VA: Southern Appalachian Mountain Stewards (SAMS) Monthly Membership Meeting 6pm.Learn More
February 20th Knoxville, TN: Queer People of Color Discussion Group & Potluck at the Birdhouse. IMPORTANT: This space is an autonomous space for queer folx of color, please respect that space. Thank you!Learn more.
February 21st Beckley,WV: Fight for Birth Control! Join Planned Parenthood Votes! South Atlantic and WV Women's March - Beckley for an evening of discussion and action regarding reproductive health and rights. Learn More
Are we missing an event that is happening in your area? Let us know and we'll add it to the calendar!
Be a STAY Project Member!
Wanna join the STAY Project? We’ve added a membership form to our website! If you are between the ages of 14-30 and living in Appalachia and want to be a member of the STAY Project, head on over to ourmembership pageand fill out the form.
If you are a current member go ahead and fill out the form to update your information.
Come be a part of the movement for youth and by youth that is working towards a just, sustainable, and equitable Appalachia!
Support the STAY Project!
We are a project for Appalachian youth by Appalachian youth, so any donation to help move our work forward is greatly appreciated. Here are a few ways you can support our work.