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About Young Appalachian Patriots:
We are mountain folk who believe our legacy will be defined by our self-reliance, our local communities, and our culture of hard work and perseverance. As the newest generation of Appalachians, we accept the task of realizing our region’s future through these core beliefs.
1. We believe the people of Appalachia should no longer be subject to poverty.
2. We believe quality healthcare is a basic human right.
3. We believe in an education system that prepares our youth for a role in our community, exposes them to the true history of our region, and creates productive citizens for a prosperous economy.
4. We believe in a growth-friendly, diversified economy that builds on the existing strengths of Appalachia and fosters a competitive workforce on a local and national level.
5. We believe a prosperous Appalachian economy and thriving society depends upon good management of our land and its resources.
6. We believe local food production and distribution is at the core of a thriving Appalachian economy.
7. We believe workers are the backbone of our economy’s ability to produce our region’s wealth and must therefore be justly compensated.
8. We believe families are an important cornerstone of society and that all members of Appalachia, including children, have rights.
9. We believe Appalachian culture is not only strengthened by fostering inclusive and open-hearted communities for all her residents, but made better by respecting the distinct and various perspectives of her many citizens.
10. We believe Appalachians facing addiction require medical attention and recovery support rather than criminalization.
11. We believe Appalachians are safest when focus is given to effective rehabilitation programs, and when our police force and prisons remain accountable to the people they serve, including youth, minorities, and poor communities, many of whom are currently disproportionately targeted.
12. We believe an informed and engaged citizenry is a necessary part of effective self-governance.
Amy Goodyear, Chair
Sarah Laughland, Secretary
Patrick Ford, Treasurer
Brian Serway, Marketing
Hannah Ingram, Communications
Robert Kell, Community Outreach
Sam , Member At Large YAP is a movement to mobilize young Appalachians for regional prosperity and a strong democracy.