Our Mission is to support Kentucky Urban Extension Agents for the 21st Century.

Our Opportunity is to facilitate lasting change in our urban communities.

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The Kentucky Urban Extension Initiative (UEI) Leadership Fellows program seeks to support the development of Extension professionals at the county and state levels by developing urban research opportunities that advance the knowledge base of urban Extension. After acceptance into UEI, advisors will work with you to create and develop a locally-focused project and support the creation of scholarly work.


• Applications for UEI Cohort 2 are due July 15th.

• Acceptances are announced by August 1st.

• Cohort 2 will officially begin on September 1st.

Need more information?

Contact: Jeff Young, jyoung@uky.edu 

Apply now at:

UEI Fellows Program Application

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Fellows Program Overview

Initiative Faculty

Dr. Jeff Young

Dr. Kris Hains

Dr. Bryan Hains


Remote Work Certification


The Rural Online Initiative (ROI) is a forward-thinking, innovative program designed to prepare Utah's rural workforce for the future of work by providing education, training, and other services to prepare individuals for remote work as an empolyee, freelancer, or e-commerce entreprenuer. The ROI program includes certification and training programs for both individuals and employers to succeed in the rapidly expanding gig economy.

Purdue Extension Urban Agriculture Certificate

The Urban Agriculture Certificate is a new program that is 100% online which provides students the flexibility to earn their certificate from anywhere, anytime. Students receive in-depth instruction for urban crop production from farm design through harvest techniques.

2021-22 Quarterly Conference Calls

The Southern & 1890s Regional Networks of the National Urban Extension Leaders (NUEL) will again host quarterly webinars during 2021-22. The dates and themes are listed below and will be held on 3rd Fridays at 1 p.m. eastern time. NUEL seeks 3 presenters for each webinar, who will each give a 10-minute “Lightning Talk” highlighting local programs or initiatives around a particular theme: DEI, Urban Agriculture, Social & Emotional Wellbeing, or Urban Sustainability.


Extension professionals will review all submissions from across our Southern/1890s region representing multiple programming areas. Criteria for selection include the overall quality of the proposal; relevance and being well-defined,  timeliness of topic; demonstration of innovative or “outside-the-box” thinking; and potential for replication.


If you would like to be added to the Southern Region NUEL ListServe please contact Jeff Young, jyoung@uky.edu for more information.  

Dates and Themes:

August 20 –Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion: Extension programs/initiatives that seek to strengthen diversity, equity, and inclusion within the Extension system and/or local communities.  The deadline to apply is July 16th, 2021  

November 19 – Urban Agriculture: Extension programs/initiatives that support local food production in urban communities, whether through commercial farming, school, and community-based gardening, or home food production. - Deadline to apply is October 8th, 2021


February 18 – Social and Emotional Wellbeing: Extension programs/initiatives that seek to improve the social, mental, psychological, and/or spiritual aspects of an individual’s life across the lifespan. - Deadline to apply is January 7th, 2022 


June 17 – Urban Sustainability: Extension programs/initiatives that support the restoration and protection of water, air, and natural resources in urban communities- Deadline to apply May 6th, 2022 


We hope these opportunities will serve as a platform for agents/educators/faculty to share successes with colleagues and support applications for promotion. 


Check out our Qualtrics link: https://uky.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eg486GVu55zNj1Q


Quarterly deadlines for application are listed above.

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