2019-20: Pathways Initiative

NCACC President and Yadkin County Commissioner Kevin Austin appointed a task force to assist with his presidential initiative titled, Pathways Initiative, NC Counties Guiding Our Next Generation to Brighter Futures. The Task Force established vision and mission statements for the initiative, and produced a report which outlines successful county-led efforts and factors that influence youth engagement.

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Equipping counties to lead local youth toward a meaningful and sustainable future.


The NCACC Pathways Task Force seeks to identify strategies for counties to help youth chart pathways to leading productive, healthy and happy lives in adulthood. The goal is to reduce the rate of North Carolina’s disconnected youth – those not in school or working – by asking counties to commit to analyzing the issue at a local level and undertaking programs and initiatives that address the local need. The Task Force will produce a report to equip counties with resources and tools to reach their local youth through education and employment opportunities.

Task Force

  • James West, Wake County
  • Sue Hinman, Granville County
  • Ronnie Smith, Martin County
  • Tammy Lee, Bertie County
  • Charlie Wallin, Watauga County
  • Frank Williams, Brunswick County
  • Tommy Everett, Tyrrell County
  • Ann Huggins, Pitt County
  • Pauline Campbell, Robeson County
  • Sue Leggett, Nash County
  • David Allen, Randolph County
  • Brenda M. Vaughn, McDowell County
  • Amy Brantley, Henderson County Manager

CountyQuarterly Articles

“President Austin’s Pathways Initiative Task Force Kicks Off with Data Dive”
by Laurel Edwards, NCACC Manager of Strategic Initiatives

“President’s Perspective”
by Kevin Austin, NCACC’s 103rd President

“Federal Programs To Help Disconnected Youth”
by Leslie Mozingo, Federal Relations Consultant, Strategics Consulting

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