2014 brings the Youth on the Move Event and Seeds of Fire Advisory Committee/Seeds of Fire Fund.

For more information go to https://highlandercenter.org/programs/leadership-and-organizing/seeds-of-fire/

Seeds of Fire Advisory Committee: Applications due April 21
Seeds of Fire Fund: Applications due May 5
Youth on the Move Camp: Applications due June 1


Seeds of Fire Advisory Committee
We are looking for Southern and Appalachian youth, young adult and adult ally leaders to join the Seeds of Fire Advisory Committee, an intergenerational advisory committee to Highlander’s Seeds of Fire program. The Advisory Committee aims to increase the input and direction of youth and young adults in the Seeds of Fire programs and the overall intergenerational work of the Highlander Center. The Advisory Committee also serves as staff for at least one Seeds of Fire programmatic event, determines grantees for the Seeds of Fire Fund (as money permits), and develops leadership and organizational development skills for members. Applications due April 21.

Seeds of Fire Advisory Committee Application-English

Seeds of Fire Advisory Committee Application-English Online Form

Seeds of Fire Advisory Committee Application ñ-Spanish

Seeds of Fire Advisory Committee Application ñ-Spanish Online Form

Please submit completed application to:

Seeds of Fire Advisory Committee/Elandria Williams
Highlander Research and Education Center
1959 Highlander Way
New Market, TN 37820

Internships/Volunteers/Event Staff

If you are interested in interning, volunteering, or serving as event staff please feel free to contact Elandria Williams, the Program Director. For more information about internships, click here.

Your experience, your goals, your dreams, and your hopes: You are Seeds of Fire. Seeds of Fire invites youth-centered, young adult and intergenerational groups in the South and Appalachia to get involved, get funding, and join others to move forward organizing for social change, build capacity among young leaders and adult allies, and make connections between our issues, while forming lasting relationships and networks to create the region and world we wish to see: a world liberated of all forms of oppression. That understanding guides our work.

Youth on the Move: July 16-19, 2014

Come join us for Youth on the Move, a four day workshop/camp from July 16-19th, to share strategies while developing techniques and skills for youth organizing, leadership development and governance for social change. If you would like to spend time with youth, young adults and adult allies who would like to learn more about Highlander, developing young leaders, how adult allies can create spaces for transformative growth with youth and young adults, strengthening connections between organizing and leadership development, and to share ideas and information about working to change the world, then this gathering is for you! This is also our opportunity to explore what’s so special about youth organizing and leadership development and how we can increase our potential. We will also have spaces for youth, young adults and adult allies to meet and grow separately.

We will have workshop sessions, a media/cultural track throughout, cultural sharing, talent shows, and free time to relax, reflect and have fun! This gathering will be run by our Seeds of Fire Advisory Committee. By popular demand this workshop is open to individuals and groups outside the Southern and Appalachian Region, although a majority of participants will come from the region. The cost of this 4 day workshop is $250-$350 per person, which includes room and board. We have resources for Southern and Appalachian groups to attend and some scholarship money available for groups and individuals with limited means who are actively engaged in social change (please send scholarship application with your registration). Childcare and English/Spanish interpretation can be provided. Folks need to apply by June 1st!!

Youth on the Move Flyer and Application

Youth on the Move Online Application

Return Form to:

Highlander Center

Youth on the Move-

1959 Highlander Way

New Market, TN 37820

Fax: 865-933-3424

For more information, contact Esme Baltazar or Elandria Williams at 865-933-3443 or esme@highlandercenter.org or Elandria@highlandercenter.org



Seeds of Fire Fund

The Seeds of Fire Fund is created by Highlander and supported by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund to support youth and young adult organizing groups and efforts in the South and Appalachia. The fund provides grants to groups that have been engaged with Highlander’s Seeds of Fire program and other intergenerational programs over the past three years to support infrastructure projects under $2,000.

Seeds of Fire Fund/Elandria Williams
Highlander Research and Education Center
1959 Highlander Way
New Market, TN 37820

Or send the original application and all supporting documents as one file in an email to Elandria Williams, SoF Administrator at elandria@highlandercenter.org

Deadline: May 5th
Applications must be received at Highlander (not postmarked) by the deadline.

2014 Seeds of Fire Fund Application

2014 Seeds of Fire Fund Online Application

Seeds of Fire Travel Fund

Complete the application form including the amount requested up to $500.

Seeds of Fire Travel Fund Application

We Shall Overcome Fund

The We Shall Overcome Fund is a fund that supports groups working with African American communities in the South including Maryland and DC connecting Art with Social Change. For more information click here.



The STAY Project aims to engage young Appalachians in creating the opportunites they need to be learners, activists, and leaders in the region. For more information check out www.stayproject.org, email stayproject@gmail.com, or contact Courtney Gillilan at 304-594-8300.

STAY Gatherings

The STAY People of Color Gathering will bring together youth and young adults of color from throughout the Central Appalachian region for a two day workshop June 13-15 in Chattanooga, Tennessee to discuss what it means to be a person of color living in the mountains, small towns and cities of Appalachia. We will also vision ways we can better solidify the unique support we want and need as a community and how we can support each other. For more information check out www.stayproject.org, email stayproject@gmail.com, or contact Elandria Williams (elandria@highlandercenter.org; 865-933-3443 ext 244) or Courtney Gillilan at 304-594-8300.

Place: East Dale Village Community United Methodist Church

1403 Tunnel Blvd. Chattanooga, TN 37411

YOC 2014-Application (English and Spanish)

The cost for this workshop is between $20-$40 and includes room and board. For those needing reduced fees or more information, please contact Joe Tolbert at Tolbert@highlandercenter.org or 865-933-3443 or Elandria Williams at 865-973-1896/865-933-3443/ elandria@highlandercenter.org

The STAY Project is holding the 4th annual LGBTQ Youth ‘Fabu-lachian’ Gathering this May, “a weekend of community, learning and growth for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and queer youth and allies in Appalachia.” This identity caucus, which is the first of its kind for youth in the region, will bring together folks from across Appalachia for formative discussions about community and identity-organizing, and what those concepts mean to queer youth in Appalachia.