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The STAY Project

The Stay Project is a diverse regional network of young people working together for engaging and inclusive communities in Appalachia and beyond.

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STAY TOGETHER APPALACHIAN YOUTH! 10 years of building this network of incredible young folk, and it keeps on expanding! Thank you to every single person who nurtured STAY from the very beginning, who guided STAY through the last decade, and to our new and current members who are shaping what’s next for STAY. This weekend was beautiful y’all... #AppalachianLoveStory #STAY10years #thefutureis #southernpeoplespower #ABOLISHICE

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Ally and Lyeza killing it at the STAY Project Talent Show! #appalachianlovestory #stay10years

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“The most important one word spell is ‘No’” - @auntietbt repost @queencoal ・・・ Gettin that popular education with Sexy Sex Ed. 🌈💕 #appalachianlovestory #STAY10Years

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Sharing stories and songs and artifacts found at the intersection of our identities and the places we come from. #stay10years #appalachianlovestory

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“Capitalism is a vacuum powered from our resources.” #STAY10years #appalachianlovestory #southernpeoplespower

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Highlander Appalachian Transition Fellows leading us in a discussion about how systems of oppression like capitalism and white supremacy impact our lives. #STAY10years #appalachianlovestory

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First night of the STAY Summer Institute getting to know each other by sharing things that we like! #stay10years #appalachianlovestory

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Katelyn and Ari holding down the registration table! We’re so excited to see y’all! #stay10years #appalachianlovestory

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We are so excited to be at @highlandercenter for our 10th anniversary Stay Summer Institute!

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New STAY T-shirts are in thanks to the rad folks over at @borderlandtees! They will be available this weekend at the STAY Summer Institute for $8-$25 sliding scale. We are so excited to see all y’all in East Tennessee on Thursday to celebrate 10 years of STAY! Also be sure to check out the good work @borderlandtees does in Knoxville. #appalachianlovestory #STAY10years

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We got swag y’all! Just in time for the STAY Summer Institute next week where we will be celebrating 10 years of making our communities places we can and want to stay. #STAY10years

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We are so excited to see the awesome work @allaccesseky has been making at the STAY Summer Institute in just a few weeks! #appalachianlovestory #STAY10years Repost: @allaccesseky (@get_repost) ・・・ Excited to start sharing our work with you soon! The All Access EKY Summer Documentary Interns have been busy creating beautiful stories about access to birth control, sex education, and reproductive healthcare.

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Only three more days left to register for the STAY Summer Institute! Today we are pulling out more photos from past Institutes of young folx getting creative and skill sharing. We can’t wait to find out what skills y’all are gonna bring this year! #STAY10years #appalachianlovestory

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Registration closes June 29th! We still have scholarships and travel support available! Link in bio! #STAY10Years #appalachianlovestory

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STAY Project is celebrating pride y’all! For many of us, showing up as our full selves in our communities is not always possible -but that don’t mean we ain’t here. When- as STAY alum Rachel Garringer said, “the places we love don’t always love us back” -leaving can be a necessary act of self-preservation just as staying can be an act of resistance. Being young and LGBTQIA+ in these mountains can be isolating and that we don’t always have access to Pride festivals or queer spaces. STAY has always been a space for young queer folx to connect and align in the struggle for queer liberation for all people. Additionally, the STAY Project believes that queerness in Appalachia is not a singular experience or aesthetic, rather that #Fabulachia is a multitude of experiences. So if you are willing and able to share we want to hear from y’all this pride month about what makes you #ProudtoSTAY?

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This weekend was the orientation for the @highlandercenter Appalachian Transition Fellows! They will spend the next year working across the region with their host communities on projects that further a just, sustainable, and equitable future for Appalachia. We are super excited that App Fellows will be joining us at the STAY Summer Institute in July to help us facilitate a conversation about just transition! #STAY10years #appalachianlovestory #appfellows

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#FlashbackFriday to these adorable pics of a fiddle workshop taught by Sylvia Ryerson at the STAY Summer Institute held @pinemountainsettlementschool in 2011! The STAY Summer Institute has always been a place for young people to learn from each other so if you want to teach a workshop at this year’s STAY Summer Institute be sure to submit a workshop proposal (link on registration page). No degrees or specialization necessary, everyone has something to teach and we can’t wait to learn from you! #STAY10years #appalachianlovestory

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Hey Eastern Kentucky! Tonight is the night of the grand opening of the Whitesburg Safe Space! This is a project of STAY Project steering committee member and AMI alum Oakley Fugate and we’re super proud and excited that he is creating this space for LGBTQIA young folx! The opening starts at 5pm at the Boone Youth Drop-in Center. What a perfect way to celebrate pride month! Hope to see you there! #AppalachianLoveStory #proudtoSTAY

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