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Growing Home Fellowship

Hear from some of our inaugural Growing Home Fellows and speakers at the first “From Classroom to Community Cohort” Gathering, held April 15, 2023, at the historic Stuart’s Opera House.

About the Program

The Foundation for Appalachian Ohio’s Growing Home Fellowship is designed to recruit, retain, and nurture the next generation of community builders for Appalachian Ohio.

The inaugural class of 121 fellows, the “From Classroom to Community Cohort,” includes 18- to 35-year-olds who work with our region’s K-12 population. They are classroom educators, student support service providers, and behavioral and educational programming partners, representing 30 of Appalachian Ohio’s 32 counties. In exchange for agreeing to live, work, and volunteer in the region for five years, the fellows receive a financial stipend and access to a leadership program that includes service, skill development, and peer learning.

Over the course of the five-year program, Growing Home Fellows will have numerous opportunities to hear from and interact with individuals who are leading in their fields and in their communities and to network and learn from one another. FAO is investing in Growing Home Fellows as they bring their gift of community building out of the classrooms and into new arenas within their communities throughout Appalachian Ohio, creating far greater opportunities for people across the region for generations to come.

Support for the development and production of this material was provided through the federally funded GEER Grant Program, administered by the Ohio Department of Higher Education.

The Growing Home Fellowship pilot is funded through a public-private partnership, with federal funding from the US Department of Education (75% or $4 million) and private funding made possible by generous donors to the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio (25% or $1 million).


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