Young Appalachian Story Summit 


About the Summit

The Young Appalachian Storytelling Summit is a youth-led event that focuses on a critical issue: how youth can use storytelling as a leadership tool to create Appalachia’s future. Summit participants have the opportunity to hear from young, diverse voices within Appalachia; to understand how the arts of storytelling can help them take action in their own communities; and to join a network of like-minded young Appalachians to collaborate with beyond the event. The Summit focuses on the issues in Appalachia that attendees are passionate about and participants have the opportunity to customize one-of-a-kind agendas based on their own interests and experience. 

Young Appalachian Story Summit Resources

Download resources, listen to interviews and session recordings, and find links to media shown at previous Summits:

2019 Keynote Speech with Oakley Fugate

2018 Keynote Speech with ISC President Kiran Singh Sirah

2018 Task Game with Adam Booth

Created by award-winning storyteller and educator Adam Booth, this task game can be used as an engaging way to apply storytelling to community building. Download the materials here.

Interview with Appalshop's Appalachian Media Institute

Hear an interview with Appalshop’s Appalachian Media Institute Director Willa Johnson at the Young Appalachian Story Summit at the International Storytelling Center.

Links to short films shown in their presentation below:

Searching for An Appalachian Accent

Times Have Changed

Let’s LARC about it


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