Despite the common narrative that Appalachian youth are leaving the region for opportunities elsewhere, many of them are taking action to build a just and sustainable economy in eastern Kentucky. This past weekend, young people gathered at the Benham Schoolhouse Inn for the Solutions Summit, a youth-led and youth-focused event hosted by the KSEC. The summit is a space for young Appalachians to discuss what it means to work toward a just economic transition and talk about the importance of an economy that is good for workers, keeps wealth in Appalachian communities and protects the region's resources. WYMT attended and covered the event.
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“Corbin's had a revitalize main street movement with the restaurants, we would like to see that everywhere,” said Jon Johnson, a KSEC member and Eastern Kentucky native. “We really think that we as young people, we have the opportunity, we have the knowledge, and we have the passion to create our own future.”