Pine Mountain Settlement School
Series 13: Education & Educational Programs
Series 21: Guidance Institute
1941 RURAL YOUTH GUIDANCE INSTITUTE Findings and Recommendations
TAGS: Rural Youth Guidance Institute; Harlan County, Kentucky; Pine Mountain Settlement School; Glyn Morris; Harlan County Superintendent of Schools; youth guidance; rural schools; educational guidance; James A. Cawood; O. Latham Hatcher; Alliance for Guidance of Rural Youth;
The 1941 PINE MOUNTAIN RURAL YOUTH GUIDANCE INSTITUTE was the fifth annual week-long meeting of Harlan County teachers, parents, ministers and other youth leaders. Co-chaired by Glyn Morris and Harlan County Superintendent of Schools, James A. Cawood, the meeting was held at the Pine Mountain Settlement School where most of the meetings had been previously located. The Alliance for Guidance of Rural Youth of Richmond, Virginia, sponsored the meeting and received “Technical Assistance” from O. Latham Hatcher.
In 1941 the Harlan Daily Enterprise noted that “more than three hundred Harlan county teachers, parents, ministers and other youth leaders, have been meeting during the entire week of May 25-31 at the Fifth Pine Mountain Guidance Institute, sponsored by the Alliance for Guidance for Rural Youth of Richmond, Virginia at Pine Mountain Settlement School.
Consultants from throughout the country such as Dr. Ruth Strang, Dr. Ina Craig Sartorius, and Dr. Frank Cyr of Teachers College, Columbia University, NYC, Dr. Frank McVey, Lexington, KY, Dr. Paul T. David of the American Youth Commission, Washington, DC, and Dr. Ralph H. Woods, Administrative Assistant on the Advisory Commission to the Council on National Defence, were also in attendance.
The Institute gained national recognition for its work in establishing a county trade school and for opening the only rural junior counseling service in the United States in the Harlan County office of the Kentucky Employment Service. Further, the Institute was instrumental in the expansion of the Harlan County Planning Council that engaged youth leaders from the region’s schools.
The Guidance Institute’s work was important in improving the county schools, improving health, record keeping, school nutrition, physical examinations and planned recreation in many of the local schools. These and other findings are outlined in the 1941 findings report.
The Institute was described in the local press as a gathering of “happy, useful, thinking citizens.” One is left wondering where have they all gone?
GALLERY – 1941 RURAL YOUTH GUIDANCE INSTITUTE Findings
1941 RURAL YOUTH GUIDANCE INSTITUTE Preliminary Announcement
1941 RURAL YOUTH GUIDANCE INSTITUTE Findings
1941 RURAL YOUTH GUIDANCE INSTITUTE Correspondence
GLYN MORRIS Biography
O. LATHAM HATCHER Biography