2011 Rural Partners Forum
November 16-17, 2011
North Raleigh Hilton
The 2010 U.S. Census delivered a wake-up call: Rural North Carolina is losing young adults at an alarming rate – in some counties by as much as 25 percent in the last decade.
Our young people are our greatest asset. We must give them a reason to stay or return – and create communities that will attract others.
New Generation Initiative
Keeping Our Commitment to Generation Next An introductory video explores what it takes to prepare young people to become community leaders and communities to attract and retain young people.
Attracting Young People to Return One young man’s commitment to his community leads him home and to elected office.
Supporting Young Farmers A fourth generation farmer builds a future in agriculture by acknowledging and adapting to changing consumer demand.
Encouraging Entrepreneurship “No problem” becomes the catch phrase for one young entrepreneur, who started his first business at age 11.
Connecting Schools With Communities Along with its academic curriculum, Caldwell Early College High School teaches appreciation for local heritage and service to community.
Sparking Innovation The Innovators Academy, a project of East Carolina University, teaches creative thinking and design skills to middle school students.
Tackling Rural Issues Through a 4-H project, a high schooler finds a way to address hunger in her community.
Building A Promising Future An innovative program prepares young people for life through a combination of GED preparation, training in construction trades, leadership development and life skills.
Empowering A New Generation A school-based philanthropy project guides young people through all the steps, from soliciting grant proposals to making awards.
The Rural Partners Corporate Group provides financial support and advice for Rural Center programs throughout the year.
In addition, we are pleased to recognize our 2011 Rural Partners Forum sponsors.