The Rolling Hills Folk Center was created the summer of 2010, during the VISTA work of Bethany Deborde at a small emergency assistance agency. Bethany found a lack of community building throughout the region. Bethany was also finishing up her master's degree in Cultural Studies, in which her thesis was titled: The Role of Education in Social Movements. During the same time research was developing that the Huntington-Ashland metro area was one of the most unhealthy and unhappy areas in the nation. In addition, Greenup County has the highest Oxycotin use in the United States. With a small group of people, support for the first annual Youth Summit on Hunger and Poverty was developed. Rolling Hills deems this as their first community project to support youth empowerment and to engage youth in conversations about food, stereotypes, and the need for community collaboration to bring about change. The goal for the Rolling Hills Folk Center thus is to merge community and economic development with social services in mind.
Our current focus is to initiate a creative food network that includes school and community gardens, Farm to School programs, the development of SNAP certified farmers markets, support for safe, fair, sustainable, housing, and advocates for youth empowerment and community action.
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