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As West Virginia communities work to grow the economy and build community, youth voices will drive that success, particularly in rural and low-income communities. A team from West Virginia University is working to ensure that these bright young minds have equal access to the tools and resources they need to feed that entrepreneurial spirit. 

Read about the grant WVU received to support youth entrepreneurship in low-income and rural communities

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WVU Extension Service to offer free, virtual educational opportunities in October

Helpful Hands of Community Educational Outreach Service. Tuesdays through Thursdays, October 5-21. WVU Extension Service CEOS. Free Virtual Conference featuring: Craft classes, food demonstrations, home health and wellness topics, and much more.

The West Virginia University Extension Service, in partnership with the West Virginia Community Educational Outreach Service (WVCEOS), is offering a series of virtual classes in October as a part of the “Helpful Hands” Leadership and Enrichment Conference. The courses, which will be offered virtually, are free and open to the public.

“The planning team has put together an excellent lineup of classes that are diverse and engaging,” WVU Extension Service CEOS President Connie Wolfinger said. “These free courses cover everything from history, health, safety, crafts, and food demos – there is something for everyone.”


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WVU receives grant to support youth entrepreneurship in low-income and rural communities

Students learn about entrepreneurship through the Impact Challenge program.

West Virginia’s young people bring innovative ideas, powerful insights and a true entrepreneurial spirit to the state. As West Virginia communities work to grow the economy and build community, youth voices will drive that success, particularly in rural and low-income communities.


All roads point to WVU: Visitors invited to participate in activities at State Fair

Kids enjoy picking out free fruits and vegetables at the State Fair.

Morgantown, W.Va. — For many West Virginians and others across the nation, it’s likely a West Virginia country road connected them to WVU. Whether it’s a 4-H’er who participated in livestock, STEM or camping activities or a graduate of one of WVU’s three campuses, the State Fair of West Virginia has a unique way of bringing mountaineers together to celebrate their state.


Center for Community Engagement to enhance discovery, service and experiential learning

Outside the Mountainlair, WVU's student union. Big windows, writing on the side of the building

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia University faculty, staff and students are problem solvers who are passionate about making a difference in their communities. They benefit from community-engagement opportunities that enrich their academic experience and positively impact the lives of others.


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