Rural LISC Annual Seminar

Photos from the June 2015 gathering of over 200 rural community developers at the Rural LISC Annual Seminar and 20th Anniversary Celebration in Portland, Maine.

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Rural LISC Seminar and 20th Anniversary Celebration

In June 2015, over 200 rural community developers gathered to celebrate – and build on – their successes at Rural LISC's 20th Anniversary Seminar in Portland, Maine, co-hosted by CEI.  Read about it at LISC's Institute for Comprehensive Community Development.

CDC in the Spotlight

Rural Pennsylvania community looks “beyond coal”

In Tamaqua, Pa., a Rural LISC 2015 Creative Placemaking Arts and Culture Initiative grant is supporting a gala celebration that marks the conclusion of a long-term community engagement project called "Dear Tamaqua." For the past two years, Dear Tamaqua has sought to encourage community-wide pride and ownership of Tamaqua’s unique identity to engender positive local change.

Farewell to two longtime rural champions

Community development world mourns loss of Sandy Rosenblith and Elise Hoben

Sandy Rosenblith and Elise Hoben were twin flames, tenacious champions for rural America, whose long careers in the field of community development were capped by nearly two decades working together establishing Rural LISC, the national rural program of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation.  Their work touched many lives, and their extraordinary contributions to the field are especially appreciated as Rural LISC celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, and builds on their efforts as it moves forward.

Sandy Rosenblith Elise Hoben

LISC President and CEO, Michael Rubinger, offered these tributes to the exemplary lives and work of these remarkable women.

Sandy Rosenblith

I am very sorry to inform you that Sandy Rosenblith, a charter member of our extended LISC family, passed away on May 26th.  Although Sandy retired from LISC six years ago, she had remained close to many of her friends and colleagues here and, of course, continued to work almost literally to the end on the rural issues that were so close to her heart.  Continued

Elise Hoben

For those of you who have not yet heard, I have the very sad task of informing you that Elise Hoben passed away earlier today after a long illness.  Elise was a very special person, a generous and beloved member of the LISC family, an extremely close friend to so many of us at LISC and in the larger community development world. Her loss leaves an enormous void in all our lives. Continued

Remembering Sandy and Elise: Visit the Story Bank.

Video Tributes to Sandy and Elise.

Helping Hands For a Community In CrisisHelping Hands For a Community In Crisis

The nonprofit world has stepped up to help manage a natural disaster with no end in sight, bringing water to scores of low-income rural families in California’s San Joaquin Valley as more and more wells run dry. Read the new article on the LISC Institute Spotlight on Rural blog.

Innovative teaching is changing lives in the Delta

GO YOUTH Initiative

Rural LISC and partner CDC Mississippi Action for Community Education, Inc. (MACE) are working in collaboration with Mississippi Delta Community College and Foundation for the Mid-South in an amazing program, the Greenville Opportunity Youth Initiative (GO YOUTH), that strives to improve academic and employment outcomes for youth ages 16-24.  

See a chart showing the GO YOUTH program design. 

Rural LISC program director George Miles commented on the collaboration, “We’re connecting the dots.  [Organizations are] funded, but for whatever reason they’re not necessarily reaching the youth. Part of the function of GO YOUTH is to reach people where they are at the grassroots level and get young people back into education and workforce pathways.”  See more here: GO YOUTH: Reinforcing Education and Career Pathways for Youth in Greenville, MS.

C4 Program (Common Career Core Curricula)

Mississippi Delta Community College (MDCC) student Linda Robinson tells her story in an article in The Enterprise-Tocsin (Indianola, Miss.) describing a new program at MDCC that helps students raise their ACT scores or secure a GED.  The program is called “C4” (Community Collaboration for College & Careers / Common Career Core Curricula), and it’s attracting attention around the state.  MACE, our CDC partner in Greenville, is a C4 Program partner. Some program participants are pictured above. Read the article here.

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