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Jonesborough, Tennessee
Harnessing the Power of Storytelling in Appalachia
An NEH grant helped the International Storytelling Center (ISC) launch an annual summit convening young social entrepreneurs from Appalachia to support one another’s social initiatives.

With an NEH grant, the International Storytelling Center (ISC) launched the first of three annual summits convening young social entrepreneurs from Appalachia to support one another’s social initiatives. The diverse group of more than 50 participants under 30 is spearheading a variety of community development projects—from creating outdoor recreation initiatives to advocating for farmworkers’ rights, distributing healthy food, and addressing the opioid epidemic. Participants learned how to create compelling messages and pitch their ideas to potential partners and funders while building a local network of changemakers.

“I spent the day surrounded by people who encouraged one another. Over 50 people who have a desire to not only tell the stories of Appalachia, but to do everything they can to make Appalachia better.”

–Kayla Tucker, program participant

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