This semester, young leaders are building civic leadership as members of Youth Lead Charlotte-Mecklenburg 2017, serving on and leading the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Youth Council, and representing local youth at state and national conferences. Through the programs, youth learn about and get ready to solve civic challenges such as social mobility, equity, economic development, transportation, education policy, police and race relations, and divisiveness. They meet with leaders at the local, state, and national levels and join a network of young civic leaders. Follow the work of student leaders on GenerationNation's social media and by searching #cltmeckyouth and #youthleadcltmeck.
Youth Lead Charlotte-Mecklenburg
Emerging leaders in grades 9-10 were selected for Youth Lead Charlotte-Mecklenburg 2017, a program of GenerationNation. The youth civic leadership academy takes place January-May 2017. Diverse students learn how the community works, explore civic issues and different points of view, interview civic leaders, and join a network of young civic leaders who serve on the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Youth Council (also a program of GenerationNation). Applications for the 2018 class will be available in the fall. Visit http://www.generationnation.org/index.php/youthleadclt to learn more.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Youth Council Executive Committee
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Youth Council, a program of GenerationNation, is the student advisory council for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg community. CMYC has named students to its executive council for the winter/spring semester. Executive council members are nominated based on meeting attendance and demonstrating service and leadership in the prior semester. Executive council members take a leading role in planning and leading meetings and activities of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Youth Council, recruiting and welcoming new members, and fostering roles for youth civic leadership across the community. Over 100 teens representing schools and neighborhoods across the community participate in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Youth Council. (The executive committee members are listed below.) Interested students can learn more and apply at http://generationnation.org/index.php/youthvoice
National League of Cities Congressional Conference
Fifteen high school students represented Charlotte-Mecklenburg youth at the National League of Cities Congressional Conference in Washington, D.C. on March 12-14, 2017. There, student leaders collaborated with elected officials and youth from across the US, heard from national leaders including EPA head Scott Pruitt, and took part in problem-solving challenges facing schools, neighborhoods, and communities. Charlotte participants are members of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Youth Council, a program of GenerationNation. GenerationNation looks forward to help to host NLC youth when conference is held in Charlotte in November 2017.
North Carolina Youth Legislative Assembly
Six students represent Charlotte-Mecklenburg youth at the North Carolina Youth Legislative Assembly on March 31-April 2, 2017 in Raleigh. NCYLA is a program of the NC General Assembly. Student leaders collaborate with youth from across the state to learn about the legislative process and debate and vote on student-developed proposals in a mock legislative session. Charlotte participants are members of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Youth Council, a program of GenerationNation and student advisory council for Charlotte-Mecklenburg.
GenerationNation develops a new generation of civic leaders. Launched in 1992 as a mock election event, Charlotte nonprofit GenerationNation now works year-round to connect classroom learning with real-life experiences that build civic literacy and leadership from an early age. Programs include Charlotte-Mecklenburg Youth Council, Youth Lead Charlotte-Mecklenburg, Kids Voting, K-12 civic literacy curriculum, teacher development, and other initiatives. Learn more at www.generationnation.org