After the high school graduation caps have been tossed in the air, young rural Kansans have an assortment of options ahead of them. Many make the decision to attend college or go headstrong into the workforce. After they have experienced life outside of their small hometown communities, it’s rare for them to return home.
“I hear all of the time that young people move away and don’t come back to the town,” said Elyssa Jackson, a California transplant who has taken to Iola. “Sometimes the young people who live here have ideas for the community but their ideas get squashed a little bit.”