COLLEGE BOUND: High School students in the City of Asheville Youth Leadership Academy, pictured, are given access to summer internships, leadership opportunities and more to help prepare them for future employment. Photo courtesy of Erika Germer

City of Asheville taps Youth Leadership Academy participan­ts

A group of local students will each receive a summer internship, networking opportunities and a $2,000 scholarship, through the City of Asheville’s Youth Leadership Academy. The group, comprised of 25 students, was recently selected as the program’s incoming class of 2017. CAYLA, created in 2007, has helped more than 140 students gain real world experience […]

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Looking for solutions to Asheville’s obesity problem

Earlier this month, survey company WalletHub marked Asheville as one of the “Fattest Cities” in the country. Asheville ranked No. 43 among the 100 most populated U.S. metro areas for obesity levels, weight-related health problems and environmental factors. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, meanwhile, reports that the South has the second-highest regional rate […]

OFF THE SHELF: Black Mountain-based comic creator Steve Mannion has been known to release his work in unconventional ways, including five crowdfunding campaigns for his comics and an eBay-facilitated release of at least one book's artwork.

Faces in the crowd: WNC crowdfundi­ng initiative­s

Crowdfunding platforms make it possible for individuals and organizations of any size to harness social networks and raise startup capital for projects that might otherwise fail due to lack of funding. Each week, Xpress highlights notable Western North Carolina crowdsourcing initiatives that may inspire readers to become new faces in the crowd. Steve Mannion’s Fearless […]

Leisure sport enthusiasts will have the chance next week to be king of cornhole, dominator of disc golf or the beast of bocce ball. Hall Fletcher Elementary will transform its space into the West Asheville Leisure Olympics on Saturday, April 23. WALO (pronounced “way low”) is open to the public as a fundraiser for the school and offers you a chance to solidify your presumed dominance in the competitive field of leisure sports.

Leisure Olympics offers competitio­n, raises money for Hall Fletcher

Leisure sport enthusiasts will have the chance to be king of cornhole, dominator of disc golf or the beast of bocce ball. Hall Fletcher Elementary will transform its space into the West Asheville Leisure Olympics on Saturday, April 23. WALO is open to the public as a fundraiser for the school and offers you a chance to solidify your presumed dominance in the competitive field of leisure sports.

UNC Asheville senior Emily Lanier speaks with Marilyn Foote-Hudson, executive director of the North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation. Photo by Sarah Carballo

$1.5 million grant promotes undergradu­ate research at UNC Asheville

Continuing its history of support for undergraduate research, UNC Asheville announced this week it has received a $1.5 million grant awarded by the North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation — to fund scholarships, fellowships and undergraduate research in chemistry and biology. The five-year grant was announced at the April 7 opening session of the National Conference on […]

INTERACTIVE EDUCATION: The new Zaniac Asheville STEM education center, which celebrates its grand opening on April 19, engages children grades kindergarten through eight through interactive learning modules, game-based curriculums and hands-on instruction to foster interest in technology and engineering principles at an early age. Photo courtesy of Zaniac Corporation

Zaniac brings innovative STEM education to Asheville

A recent Forbes magazine article asked whether Asheville could be “an emerging Silicon Valley.” And while some locals might wonder where the jobs that one might expect to come with such a claim are to be found, there’s little debate about the importance of getting young students interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics — […]

ROCK ON: In addition to receiving educational instruction, students of Asheville's Rock Academy play local shows, big and small. In June, they'll have the chance to perform at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. Photo from Rock Academy's crowdfunding page

Faces in the crowd: WNC crowdfundi­ng initiative­s

Each week, Xpress highlights notable WNC crowdsourcing initiatives that may inspire readers to become new faces in the crowd. This week features Rock Academy NC students’ chance to play Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame plus the Spring Creek community’s group effort to turn an old schoolhouse into a hub for citizen development.

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Container gardening contest seeks elementary classroom participat­ion

Elementary school kids in Asheville and Buncombe County will have the opportunity to get their hands dirty and learn some basic gardening skills during the fifth annual Container Garden contest, sponsored by the Men’s Garden Club of Asheville. More than 30 classes participated last year, according to contest organizer Ed Heidel, and the group is […]

ENGINEERING THE FUTURE: The Guzzoline Robotics team, which recently won a state-level competition, formed through local nonprofit Ashebots. A-B Tech provides a space for the youths of Ashebots to explore robotics concepts with guidance from adult mentors several times per week.

Faces in the crowd: WNC crowdfundi­ng initiative­s

Each week, Xpress highlights notable WNC crowdsourcing initiatives that may inspire readers to become new faces in the crowd. This week features a youth education group’s advancement into a multi-state robotics competition; local author Jason Chestnut’s dream to publish his debut novel; and A.C. Reynolds High School marching band’s quest to buy 25 additional uniforms.

EXPLORING THE OPTIONS: Following a series of varying financial education seminars, author, educator and activist Jessica Gordon Nembhard will deliver the keynote speech on cooperative economics at this year's Bringing It Home conference.

Bringing It Home conference encourages community business ownership

If you want to bring home the bacon, first, you’ll need to bring home the tools to succeed, say the organizers of the Bringing It Home conference. And that applies to all of us, whether you’re trying to dig your way out of personal debt or start a million-dollar business. Accordingly, this year’s conference is broadly aimed at all of us, particularly those who sometimes feel left out of the standard entrepreneurial model.