Youth Leaders Discuss Education Policy, Youth-Adult Partnerships at Congressional City Conference

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More than 75 youth delegates from nearly 20 cities around the country attended NLC's Congressional City Conference in Washington, D.C., earlier this month. In addition to participating in the conference workshops and general sessions, youth delegates had the opportunity to network with their peers and discuss issues of concern to youth through a special set of "youth-only" sessions sponsored by NLC's Institute for Youth, Education, and Families.

During the first youth session on Sunday, March 14, youth delegates learned about and discussed federal education policy and its impact on students. A panel of national, Washington, D.C.-based experts from the Fordham Institute, Bellwether Education and the House Committee on Education and Labor fielded questions from youth delegates about high school dropout and graduation rates, college readiness and reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

The following morning, youth delegates were joined by more than 20 local elected officials for a series of roundtable discussions focused on youth-adult partnerships. Topics included addressing barriers to youth involvement in local government, overcoming preconceptions about working with youth and adults, and strategies for training and supporting youth leaders. Later that morning, NLC First Vice President James Mitchell Jr. …