Jackson County Middle School student Mia Rader has been selected to attend The Center for Rural Development’s 2019 Rogers Explorers youth leadership program.
Rogers Explorers is open to eighth-grade students in Southern and Eastern Kentucky who have a strong interest in developing their skills in leadership, team building, community service, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) fields of study.
Rader will join 210 students during the program where she will spend three days and two nights on a leading Kentucky college campus where experts guide her through hands-on assignments. The program is provided tuition-free to eligible students within The Center’s 45-county primary service area.
“Rogers Explorers gives students a one-of-a-kind learning experience to explore different career opportunities and possible career paths in some of today’s most challenging professions,” said Lonnie Lawson, President and CEO of The Center for Rural Development. “The program encourages creative thinking and teamwork, builds leadership and entrepreneurial skills, and instills in students a commitment to service. Hosting the camps on college campuses also gives students a glimpse into higher education as they move forward.”
Rogers Explorers is presented by The Center for Rural Development in partnership with Lindsey Wilson College, University of the Cumberlands, Eastern Kentucky University, Morehead State University, Asbury University, the University of Pikeville, and Union College.
Rader is the daughter of Dean and Julianne Rader of McKee.
Established in 1996 through the vision of U.S. Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers, (KY-05), and other leaders, The Center for Rural Development is a nonprofit organization fueled by a mission to provide leadership that stimulates innovative and sustainable economic development solutions and a better way of life in Southern and Eastern Kentucky. In its 45-county primary service region, The Center provides innovative programs in leadership, public safety, technology, and arts and culture. The Center is committed to constantly expanding its capabilities in order to deliver a range of key services throughout Kentucky and the nation.