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Published on March 7, 2014

Author: kidsvotingclt



Charlotte-Mecklenburg youth council leadership summit


Youth Summit Welcome Introductions  About the youth council Discussion Report out and next steps End #cltyouth


About the youth council

Who we are #cltyouth Students who want to make a difference • Leaders, emerging leaders, journalists, others Diverse and representative • Attend 28 high schools (CMS and non‐CMS) • Live in 27 zip codes • Approximately 46% Black, 37% White and Middle  Eastern, 9% Latino, 8% Asian 

Who we are #cltyouth So far this year, 104 high school students have  participated in youth council activities  • Core group active in regular meetings and activities • Larger group attends special events Additional 100+ students on email/text list  • Next year, will connect members outside of meetings  using technology (texting, social media, polls,  livestream) and other activities • Busy schedules, jobs, sports, transportation

Youth Council Goals #cltyouth Advise leaders on issues and decisions impacting  children and youth Network with youth from around the community Learn about government and community issues Build civic leadership and work skills Use student voice to report on and highlight issues  and government actions impacting youth

A few things we’re doing #cltyouth Learn about, share feedback on issues • Meet with leaders including Mayor and Superintendent • CMS budget process, investments and cuts • Community planning and growth, jobs and training Engage in the community • Service at community events, created local government  candidate guide, helped run student mock election • Highlight student voice; report on government, events,  issues Meet twice a month


Issues matter to us #cltyouth Identifying issues that are important to youth • Via surveys, research, and discussions  Top issues include • Education • Youth activities, job training, leadership opportunities – and better awareness/communication of what’s available • Budgets and funding • Equity – schools, opportunities, etc. • Public officials who can collaborate, not just complain 

Goals tonight #cltyouth Connect students and officials What are the big issues in our community? Share perspectives (officials and youth) How can officials and youth collaborate to  make a difference?

Breakout discussion

What did we learn today?  How can we work together  to make our community a success  now, and for the future?

Thank you!

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