Stories by Richard Young

Richard Young lives in Fayette County, Kentucky, and works on civic health at the local level. He is the Founder and Executive Director of CivicLex, a civic health organization recognized as a solution for rebuilding American Democracy for the 21st Century by the Library of Congress and the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. Richard has also served as a founding Steering Committee member and steward for the Kentucky Rural-Urban Exchange, the preeminent place-based framework in the United States for bringing together rural and urban communities to understand their interdependence. He also founded Kentucky’s first El Sistema-inspired music program and Lexington’s first place-based Community Development Corporation. Since 2014, Richard’s work has been featured on/in Next City, PBS NewsHour, Foreign Affairs, On Point, Wall Street Journal, CityLab, PEW Charitable Trusts, and more. Richard has been a Marshall Memorial Fellow with the German Marshall Fund of the United States, a Next City Vanguard, and a member of the Institute for Nonprofit News’ Emerging Leaders Council.

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