New Report: Higher education and vulnerable youth in rural communities

Posted on August 15, 2003

Engaged Institutions: Impacting Vulnerable Youth Through Place-Based Learning Rural School and Community Trust, July 2003

With funding from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Rural Trust sponsored several researchers to develop case studies examining the connections between higher education institutions and vulnerable youth in communities that have chosen place-based education as a framework for student learning and community growth. The report explores the development of rural Education Renewal Zones in Missouri, an aquaculture project in northeastern Maine that is helping revitalize a small town’s fishing economy, and a project in New Mexico focused on water use and conservation through using an “acequia” irrigation system. Engaged Institutions also features in-depth studies on other place-based learning partnerships including initiatives to preserve Navajo culture in Indian schools in Arizona, unique media arts projects in Appalachia, and a project aimed at improving writing skills using local culture in the Mississippi Delta.
The complete report and the individual articles below can be downloaded at

Hynes – Revitalizing Economies Around Cobscook Bay
King – Crossroads: Promising Practices of Change in the Mississippi Delta
Wilson – Reclaiming Indian Education Through Partnerships with Engaged Institutions
Parker & Colchado – Acequias: Nourishment for People, Education and theLand
Newell – University-Community Partnerships: Addressing Community Issues Through Alternative Media
Hobbs – The Missouri Education Renewal Zones

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