Our Mission

Interlocal promotes citizenship 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 small towns and 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 21st century training for a global economy, a pathway to higher education, as well as community pride.

How We Do It

Interlocal’s three-pronged program model begins with a variety of site visits to local organizations and businesses. Each visit builds awareness and understanding of how global issues impact the local environment and economy and, similarly, how local issues can resonate globally. This experiential and place-based approach, which showcases the community as well as nearby cities in Ohio as examples of an increasingly globalized economy and world, inspires global understanding without requiring students to travel outside their own community. Each visit is rooted in Ohio Department of Education’s New Learning Standards in Contemporary World Issues in order to complement in-school instruction.

The program culminates with a capstone presentation in which students connect the dots between site visits and pair them with their reflections about their learning.

Through the program, participants also learn about scholarship opportunities with student travel organizations. If they choose to apply, Interlocal provides support and guidance around the application process.

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
Interlocal

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 of experiential learning and international experiences and is passionate about bringing these opportunities to teenagers from her hometown.