‘Whatever it Takes:’ The Importance of Partnerships in Supporting Rural Youth

‘Whatever it Takes:’ The Importance of Partnerships in Supporting Rural Youth Red Ribbon Week Kentucky Farm to School Challenge Rene’ Cornette’s passion for improving the lives of students shines through with her every word, made evident by the energy and purpose she brings to her work. A lifelong Harlan Countian, Cornette now works as Full-Service […]

Rural Roots and First-Gen Futures

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Tori Looney For many rural students, going to college means leaving their hometown behind, at least for a little while. Navigating the world of post-secondary education can be daunting, particularly for first-generation students. Having someone to show you the way can be invaluable—especially when they’ve been exactly where you are. The subject of this week’s […]

The Rewarding Work of Witnessing Student Success

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Early in her college career, Jenny Holland had plans to go into the medical field as a physical therapist. But after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in biology, she discovered that education was her true calling. Today, Holland is a Full-Service Community Schools coordinator at Letcher County Schools. Jenny Holland When Holland’s father was diagnosed […]

From Gridiron to Graduation: A Coach’s Impact on Student Success

From working at flea markets with his family to leading his high school football team to victory, Clark Payne learned the value of hard work early on. Today, his strong work ethic and enthusiasm for helping others guide him in his work as Full-Service Community Schools Coordinator at Middlesboro High School, where he makes a […]

Promise Neighborhood Alum Empowering the Next Generation

When Jackson County native McKenzie Peters was a student at Tyner Elementary School, she couldn’t have imagined someday being a Partners for Rural Impact legacy. Peters, who was a student during the first Promise Neighborhood grant, is the new Full-Service Community Schools Coordinator at Tyner. Peters’ employer, Partners for Rural Impact (formerly Partners for Education), […]