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  • 1. Millennial Civic Engagement Summit August 24-26, 2012 | Charlotte, North Carolina Frequently Asked QuestionsQ: What is Mobilize.org?A: Mobilize.org is a national, all-partisan non-profit organization that empowers and invests in Millennials to createand implement solutions to social problems. Utilizing technology and social networking to connect Millennials on andoffline, Mobilize.org convenes Millennials from around the country to discuss issues impacting the MillennialGeneration and to develop sustainable solutions to address them.Q: What are Millennials?A: Millennials are young adults born between the years 1976 and 1996. Sometimes known as Generation Y,Millennials came of age at the turn of the 21st century – the new Millennium. Characteristics of the MillennialGeneration include: tech-savvy, tolerant, collaborative, and innovative as well as racially and ethnically diverse.Q: What is the Millennial Civic Engagement (MCE) Summit?A: In 2008 we saw an unprecedented increase in Millennial voter turnout, where nearly two million more Americansunder the age of 30 voted in the election as compared to 2004. As Millennials, we are asking ourselves: What doesMillennial voter engagement look like for our Generation in the 2012 Election and beyond?Civically active Millennials in California, Florida, Michigan, North Carolina and Pennsylvania are invited tocrowdsource their ideas for the Mobilize.org Millennial Civic Engagement Competition using the GOOD Makerplatform. The semi-finalists who receive the most votes through this online competition will be invited to attend theMillennial Civic Engagement Summit in Charlotte, North Carolina on August 24 – 26, 2012, where they will workcollaboratively with their peers to further develop sustainable, community-based solutions.During the summit, semi-finalists will have the opportunity to present their work to their Millennials peers, who willselect the top 5 ideas through the use of interactive keypad voting technology. The winning groups will receiveMobilize.org Awards - financial investments from Mobilize.org and expert support from our staff and extensive partnernetwork. In addition to the semi-finalists, Mobilize.org will also invite Millennial leaders in California, Florida,Michigan, North Carolina and Pennsylvania to participate in the summit as individuals.With the backdrop of the Presidential Election, Millennials accepted to the summit will discuss the most challengingissues facing our generation, engage with elected officials on the local, state and federal level and propose civicentrepreneurial strategies they can use and implement to address problems on their campuses and in theircommunities.Q: When and where is the MCE Summit?A: The Millennial Civic Engagement Summit will take place August 24 - 26, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina at theHilton Charlotte Center City. Hotel accommodations, meals and travel reimbursements will be provided to theaccepted participants by Mobilize.org.Q: Who is eligible to participate?A: Millennials born between 1976 and 1996 living in North Carolina are eligible to apply as individuals. Participantsdo not have to be enrolled in a school, college or university to be eligible.
  • 2. Q: How can I get involved?A: Apply to attend the Millennial Civic Engagement Summit as an individual and contribute to the dialogue onMillennial civic activism, community participation, voter awareness and turnout. Applications will be accepted June15, 2012 to August 10, 2012. Participants will be notified of their acceptance by August 15, 2012.Q: How do I apply?A: Eligible Millennials in North Carolina who would like to attend the summit can apply on online atwww.Mobilize.org/MCESummit.Q: What does it cost?A: To ensure there are no financial barriers to participating, Mobilize.org provides hotel accommodations, meals andtravel for summit participants. Accepted participants will be asked to pay a $25 registration fee to confirm theirattendance and to help cover the cost of t-shirts, program guides and other summit materials.Q: What is the Summit Award Competition?A: At the summit, participants who submitted a project idea through GOOD Maker will refine their ideas and be able tocompete for financial support and expert support from our staff and extensive partner network. The Summit AwardCompetition is held on the final day of the summit and each competitor has five minutes to present their idea tosummit participants. The projects receiving the top votes will win Mobilize.org Awards; a share of $25,000 in financialinvestments. Winners will be selected by their peers who will use their personal interactive keypads to vote on eachproject according to four criteria: Potential Social Impact, Creativity and Innovation, Sustainability and Use of New andSocial Media Communications.Q: What is the Mobilize.org Blogger Program?A: During the MCE Summit, five Mobilize.org 2012 bloggers will be chosen from the key communities that will beactive in 2012 and beyond. The Bloggers will contribute to the Millennial Report Blog and share updates from theground on what is happening in their community with the winning Summit Award Competition projects and otherMillennial civic engagement work. In addition, the Florida representative will have the opportunity to attend theRepublican National Convention in Tampa Bay and the North Carolina representative will have the opportunity toattend the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte.

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