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Youth Delegate Schedule

The main Youth Delegate Program events will begin the afternoon of Sunday, March 12 and run through 2 pm on Tuesday, March 14, 2017.

We encourage youth delegates to participate in the pre-conference webinar on advocacy through social media. More information to come.

Sunday, March 12

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Youth Delegate Orientation and Youth Council Gallery

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Youth will build communication skills during the session. Each city’s youth council will have the opportunity share a poster highlighting the issues facing their city and how their youth council is making a difference. Youth will complete a gallery walk during this session, and posters will remain on display throughout the conference.

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Youth Program: Dinner and Youth Social

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Monday, March 13

7:45 am - 8:45 am

Youth Delegate-Young Elected Officials Networking Breakfast

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Youth delegates will learn how and why to build a strong network and have the opportunity to apply these skills in real-time with young elected officials.

9:00 am - 10:30 am

Opening General Session

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The Monday morning opening general session will be headlined by Nicolle Wallace--a best-selling author, political analyst for MSNBC, top strategist for the GOP, and the former special assistant to the president and director of communications at the White House under President George W. Bush. Funny and charming, she will share fascinating stories from her time in the White House and on the campaign trail. You’ll enjoy her master storytelling as she examines the latest in politics and the media in a changing landscape and offers her perspective on today’s biggest players and issues.

Keynote

  • Nicolle WallaceNicolle Wallace Political Analyst, Bestselling Author, and Former White House Director of Communications
10:45 am - 11:30 am

Youth Program: Leadership Development Break-Out Sessions

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Youth delegates will have two leadership development sessions available during this workshop.

How Youth Councils Help Shape the Lives of Diverse Members
Three nationally or locally-recognized, diverse youth will share their personal stories of how civic engagement has supported their feelings of inclusion in their communities and helped them develop as leaders. Youth will have the opportunity to discuss in small groups how their own youth council can or does support diverse members.

Building a Shared Mission and Trust within Your Youth Council
Youth will share and learn new ways to create a shared mission and to build trust among the youth in their Council.

11:30 am - 12:15 pm

Youth Program: Town Hall, State House & Capitol Hill

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Youth delegates will learn how local policy interacts with state and federal policy. Presenters will discuss pre-emption and federalism.

12:15 pm - 1:30 pm

Youth Program: Post-secondary Opportunities Fair and Lunch

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Youth delegates will visit with colleges, universities and alternative post-secondary enrichment options, such as CityYear and Americorps. Lunch provided.

1:45 pm - 3:15 pm

Youth Program: Conference Workshops

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Youth delegates will have the option to participate with other conference attendees in core skill building workshops such as advocacy training, the federal agency roundtable, and the judicial preview.

View workshops here.

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Afternoon General Session

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions will speak about federal public safety priorities at the Monday afternoon general session. Creating safe communities — along with infrastructure investments and economic development — is a key area of city-federal partnerships that will move America forward. Hear from the Attorney General on how the federal government intends to partner with cities on the critical mission of keeping our communities safe.

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5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Youth Program: Youth Voice in the National Political Discussion [tentative]

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Youth delegates will hear from leading Senators about the importance and power of youth voice in national politics.

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Youth Program: Dinner and Evening on Own

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Tuesday, March 14

8:45 am - 10:15 am

Youth Program: Conference Workshops

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Youth will have the opportunity to participate in main conference workshops, including Building a Strong Youth Council in Your City hosted by their peers.

View workshops here.

10:30 am - 12:15 pm

Youth Delegate Adult Ally Breakout Workshop

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10:30 am - 12:15 pm

Youth Program: Skill-Building Breakout Sessions

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Youth delegates and chaperones will have a choice among skill-building workshops.

Lobbying and Advocacy Through Storytelling
Personal stories are key tools in any lobbyist or advocates toolbox. Youth are experts in their own experiences and can create change by sharing this expertise. This workshop will help youth build skills in sharing their personal stories to create changes in policy or law.

Making the Youth Voice Heard: Building Authenticity in Youth Civic Engagement
Youth will learn about three opportunities to make meaningful contributions to their cities in Youth Council activities by increasing the power youth have through the activities. Topics will include strengthening the role of youth councils in city governance, participatory budgeting to give youth a voice in the city’s budget, and creating community events with authentic youth voice for all youth. Youth will develop a plan to implement one of these options in their home city.

12:30 pm - 2:15 pm

Closing General Session and Luncheon

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Bestselling author J.D. Vance will keynote the Tuesday afternoon closing general session and lunch. Finding sudden fame when his bestselling book Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis coincided with an oft-perplexing U.S. election, J.D. Vance offers a unique perspective on a large demographic of America that is misunderstood at best. Raised in a Rust Belt city in Ohio and an Appalachian town in Kentucky, Vance enlisted in the Marine Corps after high school, then went on against the odds to graduate from Ohio State University and Yale Law School. His stories will open your eyes to new ideas and perspectives, and perhaps shed some light on a piece of America that’s often left out of the conversation.

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