Since the 1870s, Berea College has served the Appalachian region by providing outreach services to mountain communities as well as college education for young people. We are able to address regional needs that fall within the College’s Great Commitments “by serving the Appalachian region primarily through education but also by other appropriate services.” Through Partners for Education, the College has been able to deepen our educational outreach work in Appalachian Kentucky.

Partners for Education at Berea College utilizes a place based, student focused approach to improve educational outcomes in Appalachian Kentucky. We braid services and align funding streams to optimize results. Through a suite of programs, including GEAR UP, i3 and the first rural Promise Neighborhood, we leverage $18 million annually to serve more than 15,000 young people in their families. Our partners in this work are schools and community organizations located within our 20 county footprint.

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