2nd Annual Youth Councils Convening
America's Youth Councils Network, made up of youth councils from across the country, met in Washington, DC on October 25 & 26 to share best practices and gain national attention for youth councils.
Participants included youth council members and staff from the states of Washington, Iowa, Minnesota, Massachusetts, Maryland and New Mexico, the counties of Cuyahoga (Ohio) and Arlington (Virginia), and the cities of Philadelphia, Boston, Nashville and the District of Columbia.
In addition to peer to peer networking, the event included a briefing by young people on Capitol Hill, Engaging Youth in Policymaking Lessons from State and Local Youth Councils. Following the briefing youth councils met with their Congressional Offices to discuss three key items: Congressional offices should tap into their existing state/local youth councils as a resource of insight on issues that impact young people; the federal government should help provide fiscal support for state and local youth councils; the creation of a body of young people to represent youth voice from around the country at the federal level. Throughout the year, America's Youth Councils Network will stay in touch through conference calls and webinars to continue to update each other on their work.
Click here to access the WAMU 88.5 FM "Power Breakfast" story on the event featuring youth council member Thomas Senecal. If you are interested in learning more about America's Youth Councils contact Danielle Evennou, Policy Associate, the Forum for Youth Investment, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please find materials from the event below, including participant list (with contact information!), agenda, briefing materials (e.g. leave behind documents for policymakers), as well as, the PowerPoint from the prep webinar on engaging policymakers. This PowerPoint presentation outlines the three "asks" of America's Youth Councils Network and provides tips for talking with legislative staff.