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Ohio represented at inaugural National Rural Youth Assembly

Katie Labovitz
March 3, 2011

Ohio University Masters of Public Administration student Renee Steffen attended the first National Rural Youth Assembly in Santa Fe, New Mexico on April 22-25. The Assembly welcomed 53 youths between the ages of 18-25 from 28 states across the country. The goal of the assembly was to capture how youth view rural America and what part they play in the success of its future.

Over the three days of the assembly, Steffen and her peers got to meet each other and discuss what being from rural hometowns means to them. They bonded over common misperceptions they face in being from a rural area and shared pictures from their hometowns.

National Rural Youth Assembly participants also had the opportunity to listen to guest speakers who addressed the four principles of the Rural Compact. Steffen opted to attend a breakout session that covered “investment in our communities” more in depth, as this was her main interest prior to attending the assembly. This session allowed Steffen to learn more about philanthropy and how to better advocate for increased funding in rural areas, which directly apply to her aspirations of becoming an executive director of a community foundation.

See more of Renee’s experience at: http://vimeo.com/11188930