I am so excited to announce the new project that I am working on with some of my closest friends! This project is allowing me to take many of my passions and combine them into one!

Kentucky Youth Leadership, Inc. (KYL) has been around since the 1980’s and I have had the opportunity to sit on it’s corporate board for the last three years and volunteer with the programs it has hosted for nine. Since its inception it has hosted youth programs in Kentucky and now the organization is launching its very own program, that focuses on college and career readiness for youth. The program’s curriculum is designed to align with Common Core standards and will set kids up to excel as they enter high school, college, and beyond. 

Students who participate in the program will be invested in for two years, while they are in the 7th and 8th grades, with a variety of program approaches that include basic business etiquette, money management, fundraising, civic engagement, cultural immersion and more. At the culmination of the program, students will be offered an opportunity to study abroad for 9-12 days and earn a high school credit.

The KYL team believes in an intergenerational approach and will not only be investing in the youth, but their families as well. We desire that any student who wants to learn and travel is afforded the opportunity. We are actively seeking ways to provide students financial support so that no one is disqualified due to their financial situation.

Please let us know if you would like to invest in these students and their success through hands on volunteer time or fiscal support. We would love your help and support investing in the today and tomorrow of our state, nation, and country.

I am beyond excited to have my passions for students, leadership, education, international travel, and individual growth into this program!

You can follow the program through our Facebook page, KYLead, our Twitter, @KYLead, and our Website,

Let me know if you have any questions or would like to get involved.  I am sure you will hear lots about this program as I get deeper into it and we begin to prepare for our first class of students.

Thanks for your support y’all!

Grace & Peace,

Kelsey Diane


2015 – Words, plans, & goals

Yes, I realize that we are 5 days into the new year and I am slightly behind on the new year post of plans and etc. but I have been crazy busy for the last two weeks. With a trip to my parent’s, Christmas, A trip to Virginia for school through New Year’s, a trip back to my parents house for the Barber family Christmas and then a day of family time and homework, I have not spent any time at my home with my pups and have not had time to think much about the new year. Now that I am home and had an afternoon off, here are my thoughts for my 2015.

Word(s) of the year – Faithful & Challenging

I want to remain faithful to the Lord, myself and my commitments this year.
I want to challenge myself to step out of the box and do things that aren’t just the “easy” things to do. I want to challenge myself to follow through on commitments and be the best that I can be.

-Consistent Bible Study, prayer and journaling
-Go to one new place every month (restaurant, state, landmark, etc)
-No soda
-Live a healthier lifestyle
-Write one note every week (email or card)
-Intentionally blog

Well here’s to hoping for a faithful and challenging 2015!

Grace & peace,
Kelsey Diane