AforA is a grassroots advocacy movement
We prepare the next generation of Appalachian leaders to drive progress in the Mountains. We develop research and policy recommendations that center justice, equity, resilience and sustainability for our region.
AforA will create a new platform, brand, and voice to galvanize the next generation of young, hardworking, innovative, Appalachian leaders who want to see tangible results in their home communities and work in tandem to advance a collective agenda that centers justice, equity, resilience and sustainability in our region.
We see the current moment as a critical inflection point in our country and our region’s history to reckon with our past, affirm what it means to be Appalachian today, the realities our region faces, and tackle them head on in coalition with partnering institutions, networks, and individuals from all walks of life.
In order to bring about sustainable reform in Appalachia, this work needs to be driven from within and from the grassroots up. We at AforA believe in building people power because no one is better placed to speak to the solutions necessary to bring about reform in our region than the people of Appalachia. We recognize that there are historic institutions, movement builders, and champions of the region’s cultural heritage that have paved the way for advancing equity and justice within the region, and we aim to pay homage, working in partnership with these legacy institutions.
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