Young folks in Appalachia, we see you. Y’all who are on the front lines, organizing your communities, gathering your people, turning up in the streets, we see you. Y’all who are grieving, fighting to take care of yourselves and your people, who are deep in heartbreak, just making it through day by day, we see you. Y’all who are angry, raging, or ready to, and looking to channel that righteous indignation into liberatory action, we see you. Y’all who are feeling the isolation, unsure of how to move or who to move with, looking for comrades, for community, for connection, for a political home, we see you. Y’all who are ready to build, ready to fight and to love, ready to learn and to share, to gather and to organize, ready to vision, cultivate, and practice a transformed world, we see you. We are feeling all of it too, holding it all every day, and y’all should definitely come be our friends so we can hold it all, feel it all, build with it, and move together.
The Stay Together Appalachian Youth Project (STAY) has been out here holding radical youth led space, connecting a network of young folks across the hills, hollers, and hoods of Appalachia, caring for each other, making political home, dreaming of, visioning, and practicing liberation, and doing the work to make our communities places we can and want to STAY. Register for our month long virtual STAY Summer Institute featuring workshops led for youth and by youth like imagining our communities without police and community organizing 101. We will also have virtual gathering space for LGBTQIA youth, trans & nb youth and Black youth and a virtual talent show! Join us, share with your folks, and, of course, hit us up if you got questions.