Metcalfe County Students Graduate The Center for Rural Development’s Youth Programs
Four Metcalfe County students graduated from the Rogers Explorers program and the Entrepreneurial Leadership Institute this summer hosted by The Center for Rural Development.
Three Metcalfe County Middle School students graduated from the Rogers Explorers program – Kyndal DeWeese, Bree Jolly, and Alyssa Williams. Rogers Explorers is a summer youth leadership program that takes place on five different college campuses throughout the Commonwealth.
DeWeese is the daughter of Alan and Morgan DeWeese, of Edmonton. She attended camp at Eastern Kentucky University. Jolly is the daughter of Richie and Nikki Jolly, of Center. She attended camp at Lindsey Wilson College. Williams is the granddaughter of Tamara and Danny Poore and daughter of Tara Williams, of Edmonton. She attended camp at Asbury University.
Rogers Explorers is open to eighth-grade students in Southern and Eastern Kentucky who have a strong interest in developing their skills in leadership, team building, community service, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) fields of study.
Rogers Explorers is a three-day and two-night program on a leading Kentucky college campus where experts will guide them through hands-on assignments. The program is provided at no cost to eligible students within The Center’s 45-county primary service area.
Rogers Explorers is presented by The Center in partnership with Lindsey Wilson College, Eastern Kentucky University, Morehead State University, Asbury University, and Union College. The 2022 application period is December 1, 2021 through February 28, 2022.
Entrepreneurial Leadership Institute
Metcalfe County High School student Whitley Gibson graduated from the Entrepreneurial Leadership Institute in July. She is the daughter of Wendy and Stevie Gibson, of Edmonton.
ELI is a weeklong summer leadership camp for student entrepreneurs. ELI provides high school students in Southern and Eastern Kentucky with an in-depth look at what it takes to start their own business venture — from idea development to building a model prototype of their business concept.
The Center for Rural Development partners with Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation and Eastern Kentucky University to develop the program. During the camp, ELI business teams competed in the Business Concept Challenge competition. Members of the winning team earned a $16,000 scholarship from EKU.
The 2022 Application period is January 1, 2021 through March 31, 2022.
The Center’s youth programs are made possible through the 2021 sponsors: TTAI of Somerset, South Kentucky RECC, Conley Bottom Resort, Outdoor Venture, Community Trust Bank of Somerset, First and Farmers Bank of Somerset, Kentucky Utilities, Lincoln Manufacturing, Forcht Bank of Somerset, and Vaughn and Melton of Middlesboro.
For more information about The Center’s youth programs, contact Allison Cross, community liaison and youth programs coordinator at The Center, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 606-677-6019.
Established in 1996 through the vision of U.S. Congressman Harold "Hal" Rogers, (KY-05), and other leaders, The Center for Rural Development is a nonprofit organization fueled by a mission to provide leadership that stimulates innovative and sustainable economic development solutions and a better way of life in Southern and Eastern Kentucky. In its 45-county primary service region, The Center provides innovative programs in leadership, public safety, technology, and arts and culture. The Center is committed to constantly expanding its capabilities in order to deliver a range of key services throughout Kentucky and the nation.
Photo Caption: Whitley Gibson, of Edmonton, graduated the Entrepreneurial Leadership Institute at The Center for Rural Development in Somerset. Pictured is Shelton Ansley, Assistant Director at the Kentucky Highlands Innovation Center; Gibson; and Lonnie Lawson, President and CEO of The Center.
Photo Caption: Kyndal DeWeese, of Edmonton, graduated the Rogers Explorers program at Eastern Kentucky University, hosted by The Center for Rural Development in Somerset. Pictured is Allison Cross, Community Liaison and Youth Programs Coordinator at The Center, and DeWeese.
Photo Caption: Alyssa Williams, of Edmonton, graduated the Rogers Explorers program at Asbury University, hosted by The Center for Rural Development in Somerset. Pictured is Allison Cross, Community Liaison and Youth Programs Coordinator at The Center, and Williams.
Photo Caption: Bree Jolly, of Center, graduated the Rogers Explorers program at Lindsey Wilson College, hosted by The Center for Rural Development in Somerset. Pictured is Allison Cross, Community Liaison and Youth Programs Coordinator at The Center, and Jolly.