Forward in the Fifth

Energizing Students. Empowering Communities.

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Forward in the Fifth’s initiatives serve students, educators, parents and the communities of Southern and Eastern Kentucky. Through partnerships, programs emerge every year aimed at increasing educational achievement in the region. By working together, there is greater engagement and a stronger voice for education.
Energizing students. Empowering communities.

Stay in School Toolkit

Assisting educators and other leaders to get students talking and thinking about how they make important decisions regarding their education.


Creating an early interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math by allying scientists with middle school students.

The Leader in Me

Changing the learning culture in elementary schools by implementing the shared language and understanding of Stephen Covey’s The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.

College Access Network

Encouraging high school students to become actively involved in pursuing college and career readiness.

Literacy Day

Kentucky’s First Lady Jane Beshear visited Pulaski County Literacy Day in 2011to meet with nearly 1,000 fourth-grade students to promote reading. Each student was given a free book, donated by a local businessman.

Educational Summit

To celebrate 25 years of supporting education, Forward in the Fifth hosted an Educational Summit in November 2011 to address current regional and national issues in education. Gene Wilhoit, a former Commissioner of Education in Kentucky who now serves as Executive Director of the Council of Chief State and School Officers, provided an insightful keynote address.

Student Leadership Conference

High school juniors and sophomores got a taste of college life during Student Leadership Conferences in the fall of 2010. Over 370 students visited colleges and learned how to prepare for the transition from high school to college.

Collegiate Summit

To understand why young people often leave rural Southern and Eastern Kentucky, students from ten Kentucky colleges and universities were invited in 2011 to continue a discussion started in 2009. Students addressed challenges and possible solutions for how to retain youth and keep more future leaders in the region.

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