The mission of the Appalachian Higher Education Network (AHE Network) is to increase postsecondary education attainment in Appalachia. Created in 1998 and supported in part by the ARC, the AHE Network is currently composed of program centers in ten states: Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.
Community schools unite educators and community partners to offer a range of opportunities and supports to youth, families, and communities. This partnership allows the school and community to support the learning and development of their young people. IEL's Coalition for Community Schools is the national network uniting these efforts.
The Education Policy Fellowship Program (EPFP)TM prepares individuals for leadership positions in education and related fields at the local, state, and federal levels. Fellows broaden their leadership skills, understanding of education policy, and networking ability through cross-sector learning.
Through the Family and Community Engagement Network, IEL works with local communities to develop and implement capacity-building activities that strengthen the key roles parents and families play in their child's educational success: decision-maker and supporter of learning; school/community partner; and advocate for school/community improvement.
Funded the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy, the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth assists state and local workforce development systems to better serve all youth, including youth with disabilities and other disconnected youth.
The Right Turn Career-Focused Transition Initiative serves youth involved in, or at risk of becoming involved in the juvenile justice system, providing individualized education, training, mentoring, and workforce development opportunities. Right Turn operates nationally in five community sites.
The Youth Workforce Leaders Academy is a 10-month professional development opportunity for emerging leaders in workforce development to build skills, network with peers, and gather local and national resources to improve their work with youth, management skills, and the impact of their organization.