Sustainability, Rural America, And Youth

Creighton

On the campus of Creighton University. Creighton University. Source: Creative Commons / Troy Johnson

In November, I was invited to Creighton University to speak in front of a group of students participating in an innovative course that directly relates to the work I am so passionate about – creating a new future for rural America through Love Small Town America.

It was an honor to be invited to speak to Barbara Dilly’s class: Sustainability and Rural America. I met an amazing class of bright, well-educated students. It is promising and exciting to know we as a society are teaching our youth to be leaders and to make a difference in our rural communities.

This class talks about why it is important to educate leaders to remain in small towns.  I could tell they were soaking in everything Barbara Dilly was teaching them – and they should be! She is a wealth of knowledge in this area.

I was particularly impressed with some of the projects they were working on. One of which was the task to find any small town in America, learn about the community and find something to do if you lived there for a year.

The class is currently reading “Hollowing Out the Middle: America’s Rural Brain Drain” by Patrick J. Carr and Maria J. Kefalas and comes highly recommended. It now sits on my nightstand waiting to be read.

More info on Barbara: http://www.creighton.edu/fileadmin/user/CCAS/departments/SocAnt/docs/Vitaes/CV_Barbara_Dilly_Updated_August_2012.pdf

Nicole Godek, CEO of Love Small Town America, presented at Creighton during November 2012.