Registration is Open for the 2018 STAY Summer Institute & 10th Anniversary Celebration!
We are excited to announce the 2018 annual STAY Summer Institute: Celebrating 10 Years of STAY! We are inviting our members and alumni to come together July 12th-15th at the Highlander Center in New Market, TN to reflect on and rejoice in 10 years of youth organizing in Appalachia! We hope you can join us for what promises to be a weekend full of youth leadership development, celebration, and collective learning and growth
The STAY Summer Institute (SSI) is STAY's largest gathering. Traditionally this event is for 14-30 year old's from Central Appalachia (includes eastern Kentucky, eastern Tennessee, West Virginia, southwest Virginia, and western North Carolina.). This year we are also inviting STAY alumni (30+ years) to join us starting on Friday July 13th.
We are asking both members and alumni to register before June 29th!
Thank you to CharLee Howard for designing our sweet poster!
Want to Become a Sponsor of the 2018 STAY Summer Institute?
We would be grateful if you could support the 2018 STAY Summer Institute. We anticipate over 50 people people attending this event. If you support us, we will include you on our banner, on our website, will have space to display materials about your organization’s work and plan on recognizing your organization at our event. The amount you give is completely on your terms. Currently, we need to raise $15,000.
If you are interested in sponsoring the 2018 STAY Summer Institute, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coming up for STAY in 2018!
May 31st - June 1st - New Story 2018 at the WV Fairgrounds, Lewisburg,WV New Story is a project of the West Virginia Community Development Hub that is about empowering West Virginians to tell their own story. The STAY Project will be holding a youth caucus space at New Story for young West Virginians to connect with each other and discuss the issues they are facing in their communities. Register for New Story here.
June 1st -3rd - Seedtime on the Cumberland, Whitesburg, KY Seedtime's 32nd Annual year, we're celebrating youth in the mountains with a focus on Appalachian Media Institute (AMI) and The STAY Project (STAY). Seedtime has always been a time of year to portray the depth and richness of our culture and celebrate the process of passing it on to new generations. In 2018, AMI celebrates 30 years of youth media making and STAY celebrates 10 years of bringing mountain youth together to create, advocate for, and participate in safe, sustainable, engaging and inclusive communities.
July 12th-15th - The STAY Project's 2018 Summer Institute: Celebrating 10 Years of Youth Organizing in Appalachia! The Highlander Center, New Market, TN
Mark your calendars!!! The STAY Project invites Appalachian youth and STAY Project alumni to join us in celebrating our 10th Anniversary this summer by gathering at the Highlander Center to share history, stories, art, skills, music, and much more. We hope you can join us at this historic event!
Join STAY in the Boone Youth Drop-In Center during the Seedtime Punk Show! On Saturday in the Boone there will also be a zine making station and a clothes swap for queer and trans youth!
Be sure to check out the TWO Girls Rock Camps happening in Appalachia this Summer, one in East Tennessee and one in Eastern Kentucky!
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June 1st -3rd - Seedtime on the Cumberland, Whitesburg, KY
Seedtime's 32nd Annual year, we're celebrating youth in the mountains with a focus on Appalachian Media Institute (AMI) and The STAY Project (STAY). Seedtime has always been a time of year to portray the depth and richness of our culture and celebrate the process of passing it on to new generations. In 2018, AMI celebrates 30 years of youth media making and STAY celebrates 10 years of bringing mountain youth together to create, advocate for, and participate in safe, sustainable, engaging and inclusive communities.
WMMT Girls Rock Camp in Whitesburg, KY is a week-long summer camp that brings together girls and gender non-conforming youth ages 12-18 to learn to play an instrument and play in a band. During the week, campers will learn about songwriting, teamwork, leadership, self-empowerment, youth organizing, and social-gender justice. Most importantly, this camp is a place to come together and be around an open and accepting group of people!
No musical experience is necessary for campers!
The 2018 Summer Camp is taking place on Monday July 30th - Friday August 3rd. The campers will also perform at the Live Showcase on Saturday August 4th! The time of the showcase is TBA.
Camp will take place at The Boone Motor Building, across the street from Appalshop in Whitesburg, KY.
If you are a volunteer and are interested in getting involved, please see volunteer flyer with more information and link to the application!
We are so excited for our first camp in Whitesburg and look forward to meeting all of you.
Knoxville Girls Rock Camp believes that young women, transgender, and gender-nonconforming youth deserve the support and encouragement to participate fully in the field of music as a form of empowerment and expression. We believe in building confidence, encouraging artistic communication, forming community and providing emotional support for well-being. We believe creative expression and collaboration can empower them to work together to solve problems, communicate their unique ideas and viewpoints, and overcome social challenges they uniquely experience.
This summer's camp with take place July 23-27 from 9am to 5 pm at First Presbyterian Church located at 620 State Street. It will be our 5th week long camp, and we can't wait for the fun to begin! Campers and volunteers can apply here.
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.