Talking with officials

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Talking with officials

  1. 1.  Talking with officials  Let public officials and decision makers know what you think about an issue, policy or decision that is important to you. Ways to do this include:  •  Sending an email or talking to them on the phone •  Connecting on Facebook or Twitter •  Meeting with public officials and policy makers •  Speaking at a public hearing •  Inviting public officials and decision makers to your school or organization  Things to keep in mind • Know your target – do your homework to find out which level of government, which  department, which policy or decision maker you need to talk with • Remember that you provide a valuable perspective that officials need to hear • Listen – to everyone in the room, especially  people you disagree with • Be open‐minded, respectful and polite – treat people as potential allies, not enemies • Build relationships – don’t only communicate to complain.  • Think critically – connect what you hear with what you know • Think like a leader – how does this issue impact others? The future? What can I do to make  things better for the most people? • Look for facts and figures – passion helps, but facts win and change opinions • Identify the intent – don’t like a policy? try to see where the official was going with the idea  Communicating • Mention that you are a student – you can use this to your advantage • Ask questions and/or state your opinion • Get your facts straight • Make your comments short and to the point…focus on what’s important first • Offer suggestions and solutions • Ask for specific action • Relate to your personal experience • Use your own words • Don’t waste time on the obvious • Ask if you can help be a part of the solution • If you are speaking, be confident and clear…and smile • If you are writing, spell and punctuate correctly  www.generationnation.org www.facebook.com/generationnation www.twitter.com/GenNation info@generationnation.org
  2. 2. LOCAL GOVERNMENT: WHO DOES WHAT Government  Services City of Charlotte  Community Health and Safety   Police, Fire/Emergency Services, Animal Control, City Council (includes Mayor)  Water/Sewer, Garbage, Yard Waste, Recycling    City Manager (interim)  Transportation jburch@ci.charlotte.nc.us  CATS, LYNX, Airport     Infrastructure www.charlottenc.gov   Build/maintain city streets, streetlights, sidewalks    www.generationnation.org/documents/YouthCivics_City.pdf Planning and Development   Land use, Zoning, Neighborhood Development,  Economic Development/Jobs   Towns: Cornelius, Davidson, Huntersville, Matthews,  Services include Mint Hill, Pineville  Police, planning/zoning, garbage pickup, Fire/EMS,   Parks/Rec/Cultural Arts, streets, sidewalks, stormwater Town Councils include mayors and town boards Each town has a manager  www.cornelius.org    www.ci.davidson.nc.us  www.huntersville.org   www.matthewsnc.comwww.minthill.com            www.pinevillenc.net  Town presentations at http://generationnation.org/index.php/CLC/entry/local‐government‐who‐does‐what   Mecklenburg County  Community Health and Safety   Health, Mental Health, Social Services, Courts, Jails, Board of County Commissioners  Child Support Enforcement     Education and Economic Development County Manager  Job training, Libraries, Funding for CMS, CPCC harry.jones@mecklenburgcountync.gov    Growth and Environmental  www.mecklenburgcountync.gov Parks, greenways, Historic preservation, air, water and   land quality www.generationnation.org/documents/YouthCivics_Mecklen  burg_Cty.pdf    County Government Operations  Property, county taxes, Budgeting, Elections,  Communications   Charlotte‐Mecklenburg Schools (CMS)  Education Board of Education  Public instruction and programs Superintendent Heath Morrison  School operations superintendent@cms.k12.nc.us  School construction and buildings www.cms.k12.nc.us      www.generationnation.org/documents/YouthCivics_CMS.pdf   North Carolina General Assembly  Local impacts: http://www.ncleg.net/gascripts/counties/counties.pl?C Laws, school funding, policies, other ounty=Mecklenburg  Visit GenerationNation’s Learning Center for links, info, activities and more: www.generationnation.org
  3. 3. Charlotte City CouncilMayor Anthony Foxx mayor@charlottenc.gov704‐336‐2241  Mayor Pro‐Tem At‐Large Patrick Cannon councilmancannon@gmail.com704‐336‐7400  Mayor Pro‐Tem=leads council if Mayor’s away At‐Large=represents entire city At‐Large Claire Fallon cfallon@charlottenc.gov 704‐336‐6105  At‐Large=represents entire city At‐Large David Howard info@davidhowardclt.com 704‐336‐4099  At‐Large=represents entire city At‐Large Beth Pickering bpickering@charlottenc.gov 704‐336‐5285  At‐Large=represents entire city More about City of Charlotte government: http://www.slideshare.net/kidsvotingclt/youth‐civics‐city Visit GenerationNation’s Learning Center for links, info, activities and more: www.generationnation.org
  4. 4.  District 1 Patsy Kinsey pkinsey@charlottenc.gov 704‐376‐5367  Central, East and Northeast Charlotte areas District 2 James Mitchell JamesDistrict2@aol.com704‐509‐9593  NW and North Charlotte areas District 3 LaWana Mayfield councilwomanmayfield@gmail.com 704‐890‐5449  West and SW Charlotte areas District 4 Michael Barnes barnesdistrict4@aol.com 704‐509‐6141  NE Charlotte, UNCC areas District 5 John Autry jautry@charlottenc.gov  704‐336‐2777  East Charlotte areas District 6 Andy Dulin adulin@charlottenc.gov 704‐968‐8776  South Charlotte/Southpark areas District 7 Warren Cooksey warren@warrencooksey.com 704‐347‐0420  South Charlotte/1‐485 areas  Approximate representation areas listed. View map for more specific locations http://charmeck.org/city/charlotte/CityCouncil/Districts/Documents/09AllDistricts.pdf Visit GenerationNation’s Learning Center for links, info, activities and more: www.generationnation.org
  5. 5.   Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners (BOCC)  Pat Cotham   Chair At‐Large  704‐336‐3866 patricia.cotham@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov  At‐Large=represents entire county    Kim Ratliff   Vice‐Chair At‐Large  704‐336‐2641  kim.ratliff@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov   Vice‐Chair=leads BOCC if Chair is away   At‐Large=represents entire county Trevor Fuller At Large 704‐724‐5831 trevor.fuller@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov    At‐Large=represents entire county     More about Mecklenburg County government: http://www.slideshare.net/kidsvotingclt/youth‐civics‐meck Visit GenerationNation’s Learning Center for links, info, activities and more: www.generationnation.org
  6. 6.  District 1 Karen Bentley 704‐432‐3997     karen.bentley@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov   North Mecklenburg areas including Cornelius, Davidson, Huntersville, University City and Mt Island    District 2 Vilma Leake 704‐336‐2088    vilma.leake@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov   West and SW Charlotte and Mecklenburg   District 3 George Dunlap 704‐336‐4419    george.dunlap@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov North, Northeast and downtown Charlotte    District 4 Dumont Clarke 704‐331‐1051 dumontclarke@mvalaw.com   East Charlotte   District 5 Matthew Ridenhour   matthew.ridenhour@meckleburgcountync.gov    South Charlotte (north of highway 51) including Southpark area   District 6 Bill James 704‐336‐2573     Wjames@carolina.rr.com South Charlotte/Mecklenburg (south of highway 51) including Matthews, Mint Hill, Pineville, Ballantyne    Approximate representation areas listed. View map for more specific locations http://maps.co.mecklenburg.nc.us/website/emapper/default.htm?action=showpolygons&layer=county Visit GenerationNation’s Learning Center for links, info, activities and more: www.generationnation.org
  7. 7.   Charlotte‐Mecklenburg Schools Board of Education (School Board)  Mary McCray Chair At‐Large  704‐281‐6074 maryt.mccray@cms.k12.nc.us   At‐Large=represents entire county     Tim Morgan Vice‐Chair At Large 704‐577‐3102 tim.morgan@cms.k12.nc.us  At‐Large=represents entire county Vice‐Chair=leads if Chair’s away      Ericka Ellis‐Stewart At‐Large 704‐412‐8565 ericka.ellis‐stewart@cms.k12.nc.us At‐Large=represents entire county       More about Charlotte‐Mecklenburg Schools and Board of Education http://www.slideshare.net/kidsvotingclt/youth‐6178117  Visit GenerationNation’s Learning Center for links, info, activities and more: www.generationnation.org
  8. 8.  District 1 Rhonda Lennon 704‐564‐3382 rhonda.lennon@cms.k12.nc.us   North Mecklenburg including Cornelius, Davidson, Huntersville, Univ. City,  Mt Island   District 2 Richard McElrath 704‐488‐5360 richard.mcelrath@cms.k12.nc.us West and SW Charlotte and Mecklenburg   District 3 Joyce Waddell 704‐549‐4777 joyce.waddell@cms.k12.nc.us  North, Northeast and downtown Charlotte    District 4 Tom Tate 704‐502‐3093 tom.tate@cms.k12.nc.us East Charlotte   District 5 Eric Davis 704‐651‐0217ericc.davis@cms.k12.nc.us  South Charlotte (north of highway 51) including Southpark area   District 6 Amelia Stinson‐Wesley 704‐889‐1803 a.stinson‐wesley@cms.k12.nc.us  South Charlotte/Mecklenburg (south of highway 51) including Matthews, Mint Hill, Pineville,   Ballantyne  Approximate representation areas listed. View list of schools by school board district (click on district #1-6) http://www.cms.k12.nc.us/boe/Pages/District1.aspx Visit GenerationNation’s Learning Center for links, info, activities and more: www.generationnation.org
  9. 9.   Town of Mint Hill Mayor and Board of Commissioners  Ted Biggers Mayor       Lloyd Austin Mayor Pro‐Tem       Carl M. (Mickey) Ellington Commissioner     Brenda McRae Commissioner   Katrina (Tina) Ross Commissioner    Contact information: http://www.minthill.com/Directory.aspx?DID=13 More information: http://www.slideshare.net/kidsvotingclt/youthcivicsminthill Visit GenerationNation’s Learning Center for links, info, activities and more: www.generationnation.org

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