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Mtn. Talk: 10 Years of STAY!

Mtn. Talk: 10 Years of STAY!


STAY members and alums at the Highlander Center in July of 2018.

In this episode we bring you stories, history, and dreams for the future of the Stay Together Appalachian Youth Project.  STAY is a regional youth network that has been working to create mountain communities where young Appalachians can and want to stay for the past 10 years.  

​In 2008 at an Appalachian Studies Association Conference, youth participants from West Virginia, Kentucky, and Tennessee expressed that they didn’t know how to participate in movements for social change, that there were few access points for them as young people, and few opportunities to develop the skills and knowledge that would allow them to contribute to social change efforts. These young participants created the STAY Project.

STAY envisions an economically and environmentally sustainable Central Appalachia where young people have the power to build and participate in diverse, inclusive, and healthy communities.

In July of 2018, STAY celebrated it’s 10th birthday at the Highlander Center in New Market, TN. WMMT spoke with STAY members, and alums about what STAY means to them and to the region.  




appalachian history,
arts & culture,
economic transition,
education in the mountains,
youth organizing,
youth voice,