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.

5:15 pm - 7:15 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.


  • Nicolle Wallace Political Analyst, Bestselling Author, and Former White House Director of Communications
10:45 am - 12:15 pm

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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The afternoon general session will begin with a panel discussion on the opioid crisis in America. As the nation's communities look to their local leaders to address the causes and consequences of prescription drug and heroin overdoses and deaths, this panel discussion will focus on the leadership challenges and opportunities facing local elected officials.

During the second half of the program, delegates will hear from Department of Veterans Affairs Interim Deputy Secretary Scott Blackburn. He will speak about the VA's continued prioritization of ending veteran homelessness and their on-going partnership with local governments through the National League of Cities.

Former Youngstown Mayor Jay Williams will also address delegates. Williams served as the deputy director of the White House Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs and former assistant secretary of commerce for economic development at the Department of Commerce.


  • Pat Beall Investigative Reporter - Palm Beach Post


5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Youth Program: Youth Voice in the National Political Discussion

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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 Your 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.

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 will have two leadership development sessions available during this workshop.

Lobbying and Advocacy: Making the Youth Voice Heard - Roosevelt 1-3
Youth will learn from a panel of experts about lobbying and advocacy. They will then have a chance to apply those skills in an implementation activity to help them understand how they can make their voices heard.

Adult Ally Peer Learning Breakout Session - Roosevelt 4
The best kind of learning is from others who share the same passion with helping our youth become strong future leaders.  Peer-to-Peer Communications or "P2PComm" is model that effectively encourages and captures information shared by professionals with the same passion, responsibilities.  In this session table facilitators will present five common topics relating to youth councils.

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.

Delegates will also hear from EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. We’ve invited him to share insight on the need and financing mechanisms for upgrading and improving our nation’s water infrastructure and how doing so can improve community resilience, how brownfields redevelopment can support local economies and the national economy, and how EPA can support local efforts on climate mitigation, adaptation, and resilience.



  • Scott Pruitt Administrator - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency