The Rural Vitality Lab

The Rural Vitality Lab is currently engaged in a long-term research-practice partnership with rural Maine schools to address childhood adversity and trauma in their communities. This work is supported by the American Educational Research Association, the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, and the Sewell Foundation.

The Landscapes of Opportunity project is in partnership with the Maine Forest Collaborative (a program of the Rural Aspirations Project) and examines educational support for rural youth transitions between schooling and the new forest economy.

Rural, forest-located communities all over the United States and the world are looking at the new future of work within forest-located places across recreation, industry and conservation.

This project examines how to best prepare youth and schools for this economic transition in ways that also support long-term community vitality.

Lab website: ruralvitalitylab