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Donations sought for Rogers Scholars, Rogers Explorers, Entrepreneurial Leadership Institute

2019 Rogers Explorers Henry Gillum, Taylor McCarty, and Benjamin Dalton learn how to perform CPR through the nursing major at Morehead State University.

2019 Rogers Explorers Henry Gillum, Taylor McCarty, and Benjamin Dalton learn how to perform CPR through the nursing major at Morehead State University.

On May 11, Kentucky Gives Day, Kentuckians will have an opportunity to make a positive impact on the youth throughout the region by supporting The Center for Rural Development’s Rogers Scholars, Rogers Explorers, and Entrepreneurial Leadership Institute (ELI).

These summer youth leadership programs are provided at no cost to middle and high school students in 45 Kentucky counties within The Center’s primary service region.

Donations may be made on-line and are tax deductible.

Since 1998, more than 3,000 middle and high school students have attended and graduated from The Center’s three youth leadership programs held onhe campuses of seven Kentucky colleges and universities and at its main location in Somerset.

Rogers Scholars — the flagship youth program — provides one-of-a-kind opportunities for rising high school juniors to develop their leadership and entrepreneurial skills; focus on team building; explore different career paths; and foster a commitment to community service. The program also offers exclusive access to scholarships from 19 Kentucky colleges and universities.

The Rogers Explorers program, presented in partnership with seven Kentucky colleges and universities, encourages incoming high school freshmen students to develop their leadership and STEM skills and get involved in community service.

THeEntrepreneurial Leadership Institute gives high school students a glimpse into what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur in rural Kentucky. Participants work as a team to develop a business idea or product concept and pitch their ideas to a panel of judges for a chance to earn a college scholarship offer from Eastern Kentucky University. ELI is presented in partnership with Kentucky Highlands and EKU.

To make an online, taxdeductible donation to The Center’s youth programs before or on May 11, Kentucky Gives Day, visit www.centeryouthprograms.com. For more information about the campaign or youth programs, contact Allison Cross, Community Liaison and Youth Programs Coordinator, at 606-677-6000 or email youth@centertech.com.

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