Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Youth Invited to Attend Congressional City Conference

Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Youth Invited to Attend Congressional City Conference

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Municipal officials are encouraged to bring youth ages 15 to 18 who are involved in youth councils or other leadership roles to NLC's 2008 Congressional City Conference in Washington, D.C., on March 8-12. The conference offers youth delegates an opportunity to learn about how federal policy and legislation affects their cities and towns.

Youth participation in the Congressional City Conference has significantly increased in recent years. This year, approximately 150 youth are expected to attend. Youth are considered full delegates at the conference and are encouraged to participate in all workshops and general sessions.

Beginning on Sunday, March 9, there will be a number of "youth-only" events to provide context and a framework for the conference, and to allow the youth to network and discuss key policy issues with their peers and with local elected officials from across the country.

Youth delegates will learn about federal issues that impact cities as well as NLC's lobbying priorities for the year, offering a chance to be part of an important dialogue and gain information they can use to take action at home. This involvement in and knowledge of the legislative process allows teens to play a role in shaping the policies that affect them and gives them important skills that prepare them for future civic leadership.

A number of the general conference sessions focus on the details of the current federal policy debates in areas of concern to city leaders. …

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