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Young people make up a vital part of our communities, and engaging them brings diverse perspectives, new solutions to old problems, and cultivates the next generation of engaged citizens. However, if we’re not intentional about taking steps to include this demographic, things like unspoken norms, transportation issues, and not having a space to speak in meetings can prevent them from becoming or staying involved. We’ll talk about specific ways you can overcome barriers to youth engagement that will make your effort more inclusive of young people and other underrepresented groups. We’ll also hear several examples from real communities that have involved young people in different ways. Participants will have the chance to put their new knowledge into practice and to explore solutions to the specific challenges their community may be facing related to youth engagement.