Our Mission

Interlocal promotes citizenship for rural students through international enrichment and civic engagement.

Interlocal is a501(c)(3) nonprofit. International opportunities are invaluable to young people and can help them understand how they and their communities fit into a global context. However, access to these kinds of experiences is often less available to students from rural areas. Interlocal works to increase access to global experiences through an experiential program for high school students that takes place in their communities, nearby cities and abroad. By targeting high school students, Interlocal engages students early on and provides training for a global economy, a pathway to higher education, as well as builds community pride.

Program Features

Site Visits

Visit organizations and corporations in your community and in nearby cities to learn about international and civic topics


Share what you have learned as well as your conclusions about the local program during a presentation in your community

International Travel

Take part in an international experience hosted by a student travel organization

Advisory Council

Cory Edmonds
District Partner, Allovue, Inc

Allison Hodsdon
Marketing Manager, Carnegie Mellon University

Amy Price Azano, PhD
School of Education, Virginia Tech

Ucee Faenza
Compliance professional

Ashley Gardner,
Economic development professional; Peace Corp alumna

Tracy Graziani
Graziani Multimedia

Mohit Mukherjee
Center for Executive Education, University for Peace

Rebecca Parillo
Director of Study Abroad, Ashland University

Allison Bates

Allison Bates

Founder, Interlocal

Allison Bates, a Richland County native, is the founder and executive director of Interlocal. Allison specializes in the development of programs for youth and has experience working in nonprofits, K12 schools and higher education both at home and abroad. Allison knows the benefits experiential learning and international experiences and is passionate about bringing these opportunities to teenagers from her hometown.