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March 13, 2011: International News From the Field

on Sun, 03/13/2011 - 15:05

13 March: On Thursday, March 24, 2011, at 2:30 p.m. EST, the YEF Institute and the National League of Cities (NLC, www.nlc.org) will host a free, hour-long, audio conference on "Community Attachment and Civic Engagement: Key Lessons and Opportunities for Municipal Leaders." Speakers on this call will highlight effective civic engagement strategies, with particular attention to innovative technology approaches, youth involvement, and promoting inclusion and civility. Register online.

The call will draw upon ideas from two of NLC's new action guides, "Beyond Civility: From Public Engagement to Problem Solving" and "Authentic Youth Civic Engagement: A Guide for Municipal Leaders." Both free documents offer practical information on how to implement “civic engagement,” with many real-life examples. The youth guide is especially interesting in its advocacy for genuine, meaningful roles for teenagers in community decision making and activity.

NLC has produced other thoughtful and helpful documents in past years – such as “Building Effective Youth Councils” – all still available at no cost on their Youth Participation Tools and Resources page.

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