Our Mission

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

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.

Board of Directors

Cory Edmonds
Allovue, Inc

Allison Hodsdon
Carnegie Mellon University

Ashley Gardner
Royal Bank of Canada

Cindy Greene
Mechanics Bank

Rebecca Parillo
Ashland University

Allison Bates

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, K-12 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.