Youth Programs at
The Center for Rural Development

Our Mission

Our Mission

The Center believes the region’s youth are the future. And in the words of U.S. Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers (KY-05), “no young person should have to leave home to find his or her future.” Through Rogers Scholars, Rogers Explorers, and the Entrepreneurial Leadership Institute (ELI) youth programs, The Center helps middle school students through rising high school seniors develop the skills they need to seize their potential as the region’s next generation of business and entrepreneurial leaders.



Upcoming Events

all-day KyGives Day in support of our youth
KyGives Day in support of our youth
May 24 all-day
KyGives Day in support of our youth
DONATE NOW TO SUPPORT 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[...]

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