The Brushy Fork Annual Institute is a three-day training event held annually at Berea College. It features hands-on workshop tracks and informative plenary sessions designed to support the development of a more prosperous future for our Appalachian communities.
Participants enroll in one track session, which provides 14 hours of intensive training focused on a specific skillset or interest. Participants also join other inspired leaders who are making a positive difference across Appalachia, expanding their network of contacts and gathering resources for putting ideas to action. Join us in Berea as we work and learn together in order to grow participation and prosperity across the region.
To view the preliminary schedule of events, visit http://www.berea.edu/brushy-fork-annual-institute/preliminary-agenda/.
For details regarding the track offerings at this year's Annual Institute, please visit http://www.berea.edu/brushy-fork-annual-institute/tracks-overview/.
A brief summary of sessions follows:
Designed for 16-24 year olds to explore and develop their personal leadership capacity
WOMEN & LEADERSHIP
Learn from other women about both traditional and non-traditional paths to leadership and the importance of serving as a mentor to others
INTERGENERATIONAL COMMUNITY BUILDING
Explore strategies to improve the well-being of all generations in a community, increase social connection, and implement intergenerational approaches for planning and action
ECONOMIC INCLUSION & INNOVATION
Participate in a think tank designed to reimagine the future of our regional economy through identifying equitable development options that contribute to economic resilience and mobility
EXPERIENCE BASED ECONOMIES
Learn how to grow your local economy through rural innovations built around tourism, entrepreneurship, cultural heritage, and environmental assets
Learn about the power, opportunity, and challenges of operating a social enterprise designed to generate both revenue and broader benefits to society
HOW TO CHANGE THE WORLD IN FIVE EASY STEPS
Learn how to strengthen your community through organizing groups around projects designed to strategically address local issues
TEAM BASED COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
Learn how to build trust and leverage collaboration to implement a community strategic planning process using the ordinary resources and assets available in every community
COMMUNITY PERFORMANCE: WHY LOCAL STORIES MATTER
Join Higher Ground and Clear Creek Creative to learn how to use local stories and talent to create a community performance project
Learn how to use digital tools to increase your communications capacity and tell your story effectively
STRATEGIC NONPROFIT MANAGEMENT
Acquire skills and resources for effectively managing your nonprofit organization and achieving your mission
Learn to lead more effectively through improving your communications with members of your organization or team
BEGINNING GRANT WRITING
Acquire introductory grant writing skills, such as how to develop funding proposals to foundations, community organizations, and state and federal partners
FUNDRAISING BEYOND GRANTS
Create a development plan and learn how to solicit funds to resource organizational missions and community projects
What are my options for lodging?
Please remember that you are responsible for the reservation and payment of your own lodging. Local lodging options may be found at www.berea.com/lodging/. Additionally, limited on-campus lodging is available on a first-come basis at Historic Boone Tavern Hotel & Restaurant. Call the hotel directly at 859.985.3700 to make reservations and be sure to ask about the special Brushy Fork Annual Institute rate.
What sort of attire should I wear to the event?
Participants are welcome to dress casually for the Annual Institute, but we always advise attendees to bring what they need to be comfortable. Keep in mind that session rooms may be either warm or cool, so dressing in versatile, removable layers is recommended.
Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Our staff is available to assist with any additional questions or concerns you may have. If you need additional information or assistance, please give us a call at 859.985.3858. We’re available Monday through Friday from 8:00-5:00.
Is my registration/ticket transferrable?
Yes. Participant substitution requests will be accepted up to September 16, 2016, and requests are subject to track availability.
Can I update my registration information?
Yes. If you register for a track and then decide you would like to switch to a different session, please notify us at least five business days before the Annual Institute. All other information, such as contact or mailing information, may be updated by signing into the Eventbrite website and selecting the event from the My Tickets menu.
What is the refund policy?
Notice of cancellation must be received by September 12, 2016 to receive a full refund. If cancellation request is received less than 7 days before the start of the event, you will be assessed a $50 cancellation fee.
Brushy Fork Institute reserves the right to cancel any scheduled track session at any time. If your track is cancelled, you may choose another session or request a full registration refund.
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