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Support our youth in southern and eastern Kentucky

Youth in Southern and Eastern Kentucky face many obstacles in their journey to adulthood. The persistent cycle of poverty in Appalachia, and the recent layoffs in the coal mining industry, have only exacerbated the feelings of hopelessness that many youth say they have experienced. At a recent Shaping our Appalachian Region (SOAR) meeting facilitated by the Rural Policy Research Institute, adults and youth alike expressed concern about the lack of employment, educational opportunities and access to healthcare in the region.

Rogers Scholars, The Center’s flagship youth program, provides leadership and college scholarship opportunities to help upcoming high school juniors in Southern and Eastern Kentucky develop the skills they need to seize their potential as the region’s next generation of business and entrepreneurial leaders. By contributing on KyGives Day to the Rogers Scholars program you are helping young men and women from our region to succeed through education.

To donate follow these simple steps:

1. Go to the KyGives page on or click here.

2. Donate!

3. Spread the word to others.

Your donation as part of Kentucky Gives Day will go directly to support the Rogers Scholars program. No contribution is too small. Together, with your help, we can ensure that our youth develop the skills they need to be leaders and innovators in our Appalachian communities, and that they never have to leave home to find their future.

To lean more about KyGives Day and the Rogers Scholars program please visit