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Partners for Education at Berea College: Using PM Skills to Transform Lives Through Community Service


In 2017, the PMI Educational Foundation (PMIEF) awarded a grant to Partners for Education (PFE) at Berea College in Berea, Kentucky for “The PMIEF – PFE Promising Appalachian Leaders in Service (PALS) Initiative.”

The grant funded PFE to design, implement and pilot a project management-rich leadership development program for youth in Appalachian Kentucky so they would recognize the importance of civic responsibility. As a result, and in alignment with PMIEF’s mission, they developed the knowledge and skills necessary to execute projects that make a meaningful difference in their community. 

Young people in Appalachian Kentucky contend with myriad challenges that often sharply juxtapose the opportunities afforded youth in other parts of the country. For one, largely forested and remote, mountainous topography characterizes the region—with tortuous roads that can prove deadly during inclement weather. This leads to school closings that can exceed more than 25 instructional days each winter due to snow and flooding. When youth do attend school, it frequently requires boarding a bus at 5 a.m.—only to return home after 5:30 p.m. 

Furthermore, Appalachian Kentucky is coal country and has suffered the loss of more than 8,000 coal-related jobs since 2009. High unemployment is compounded by low educational …

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