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A Critical Constituency: Youth Civic Engagement

March 28, 2019

Time:9:00 am - 11:00 am

History demonstrates the value of youth voice. Martin Luther King, Jr. was 26 when he gained global prominence by leading the Montgomery Bus Boycott. His early impact was not just a sign of precocity. He brought a youth perspective that is often essential for constructive change. Today young people continue to inject new energy, passion, and ideas into long-running policy debates regarding economic, educational, and social equity. Such voices are critical to enriching our communities and strengthening our democracy.

Please join us to discuss expanding, equalizing, and strengthening programs that enlist young people in developing civic skills to improve their communities and our society.

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  • What are core, evidence-based strategies for building youth civic skills and motivation?
  • What productive forms are these taking, as evidenced in NYC?
  • Why is civic readiness vital to our democracy, and what is the state of civic readiness now?

Speakers to Date:

  • Shari David, Co-Executive Director, Participatory Budgeting Project
  • Melissa Escano, R.I.S.E! Coordinator, Atlas: DIY
  • Kei Kawashima-Gimsberg, Director, The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE), Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life at Tufts University
  • Sanjiv Rao (moderator), Director, Civic Engagement and Government, Ford Foundation

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March 28, 2019
9:00 am - 11:00 am


Philanthropy New York
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New York, NY 10017 United States
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