The Appalachian Center for Equality, AFSC’s youth leadership program in the southern coalfields of West Virginia, is thrilled to introduce Liz Brunello as its new program associate.
Liz came to West Virginia as an Americorp VISTA and has since led a girls’ empowerment program in Logan County and overseen multiple mini-grantees around the state who are working on healthy lifestyle initiatives in their community.
With Liz at the helm, AFSC students are planning and implementing a student-led policy workshop in early August where they will be making policy pitches, co-leading workshops on public speaking, and sharing tips on how to have a successful lobby visits with legislators.
In April, four students from Logan County attended the Undoing Racism workshop hosted by AFSC’s WV Economic Justice Project. These students learned about what racism is and how institutions and systems perpetuate racial disparities.
As a follow-up, the youth will be leading sessions at the launch of AFSC’s WV Freedom School at the end of August. One of the goals, in addition to learning about institutional racism, is for the students to identify winnable policies that address racial disparities.
As part of the ongoing Our Children, Our Future campaign, the youth will be presenting their policies at a policy symposium in Charleston and then working in coalition to push those policies during the 2016 legislative session.
AFSC is excited to see how Liz will grow the program and work with the students to bring new leaders into the movement for justice in West Virginia!