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Student leadership initiative launches at four elementary schools

Leader In Me McBrayer Elementary School

Four elementary schools in Southern and Eastern Kentucky have been selected by Forward in the Fifth and The Center for Rural Development to pilot a new student leadership initiative that aims to help today’s students become tomorrow’s leaders. The initiative, based on the book, “The Leader in Me,” by best-selling author Stephen Covey, will provide Read more…


Educators attend training session for ‘Stay in School Toolkit’

Educators from Wayne County attend training session for Forward in the Fifth’s ‘Stay in School Toolkit’ at The Center for Rural Development


‘Champion Scholars’ peer mentoring program serving middle school students in five Pike County schools

Pike County School District Champion Scholars mentees

Forward in the Fifth and The Center for Rural Development are partnering with the University of Pikeville to launch a new peer mentoring program in Pike County. The program, called “Champion Scholars,” will serve middle school students in four schools in the Pike County School District and one from the Pikeville Independent School District. UPIKE Read more…


Top education supporters recognized at 25th anniversary and Educational Summit

Three of Kentucky’s top education supporters were recognized for their work in helping advance education in Southern and Eastern Kentucky


Kentucky college students discuss how to retain the region’s youth, combat “brain drain” at ARC Collegiate Summit

Collegiate Summit group photo

To get a deeper understanding of issues in Southern and Eastern Kentucky that often lead young people to leave the largely rural region, The Center for Rural Development’s Higher Education Consortium went to the source—today’s college students who may still be undecided on their post-graduation plans. A total of 35 students from 10 Kentucky colleges Read more…


‘Bulldog Buddies’ mentoring program in Knox County schools

Union College Bulldog Buddies program

Going to college once seemed an unobtainable goal for Barbourville middle school student Brandon Fisher. That opinion—and his life—quickly changed when he became involved in the “Bulldog Buddies” mentoring program. “At first, I didn’t want to go to college,” Brandon, now a seventh-grade student at Knox County Middle School, said. “After I met Kyle, and Read more…


Six Southern and Eastern KY counties receive education grants

LEAP Recipients Monticello and Wayne County

Schools in Wayne, Letcher, Breathitt, Bath, Floyd, and Johnson counties are taking a “LEAP” forward to advance education in the region and change the lives of students in their local communities. Forward in the Fifth, in partnership with The Center for Rural Development, has awarded $9,000 in funding support to five groups in these six Read more…


Area Students Explore Career and Workforce Opportunities

College Access

Whitley County Middle School student Zach Newman is discovering what he wants to do with his life after he graduates high school. Newman and 19 other Whitley County middle and high school students—all student mentees in the University of the Cumberlands mentoring program—visited The Center for Rural Development in Somerset on May 26 to learn Read more…


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