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Youth Leadership Alliance

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  • 1.     Contact:   Amy Farrell  704‐343‐6999  amy@generationnation.org      Charlotte‐Mecklenburg teens invited to join new youth advisory council    This year, leaders in Charlotte‐Mecklenburg have a new resource: high school students.     Teens are invited to join a new youth advisory council where they will work with and advise local officials  and  policymakers  on  issues  and  decisions  impacting  K‐12  students,  learn  about  local  government,  build  civic  leadership,  and  use  student  voice  to  report  on  and  highlight  issues  and  government  actions  impacting youth.    The youth council is a program of Charlotte nonprofit GenerationNation, in partnership with the City of  Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, and Charlotte‐Mecklenburg Schools.    Interested teens should contact Amy Farrell at info@generationnation.org or 704‐343‐6999. Information  about  the  council,  including  an  October  15  youth  council  meeting  with  candidates  for  Charlotte  mayor  Patrick Cannon and Edwin Peacock, can be found at www.generationnation.org/index.php/youthvoice.     Charlotte City Council member David Howard played a key role in establishing the youth council. “After  several years of planning, I am excited that Charlotte‐Mecklenburg now has a youth advisory council. The  partnership  with  GenerationNation  ensures  that  youth  ‐  our  city's  future  leaders  ‐ will  learn  how  their  government  and  community  works  and  have  opportunities  to  share  their  important  perspectives  with  public officials. Having youth available to advise us on policies and issues impacting young people makes  our decisions better and our community stronger.”    "The  youth  advisory  council  is  a  significant  opportunity  for  the  city,  county  and  CMS  to  collaborate  in  reaching out to the youth of our community to involve them in public service and the governance of their  community, " said Bobbie Shields, Interim Mecklenburg County Manager.    “We are very excited about this partnership and the opportunity it represents for our students to have a  voice  in  the  community,”  said  Dr.  Heath  E.  Morrison,  Charlotte‐Mecklenburg  Schools  Superintendent.  “This is a great way to get our students engaged in local government, policy making and how decisions are  made.  We  have  so  many  talented  and  creative  young  people  and  this  partnership  will  be  good  for  our  whole community.”    GenerationNation  is  a  nonpartisan  nonprofit  organization  that  builds  K‐12  civic  literacy  and  youth  civic  leadership  through  smart,  fun  programs  that  connect  classroom  education  with  hands‐on  experiences.  Programs  include  K‐12  civic  education,  Kids  Voting,  Youth  Civics  and  Youth  Leadership  Alliance/Youth  Voice Press Corps. Learn more about GenerationNation at www.generationnation.org.    ###   

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