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Monday, November 7, 2011

Youth Civics and Voice

Mock trial at courthouse
City council meeting
Discussing policies and issues

All high school students are invited to participate in upcoming programs Youth Civics and Youth Voice. These programs help teens learn about government, leadership and civic participation.

Youth Civics

Taking Civics? Interested in politics, law or service? Want to know how to make a difference on decisions that impact you?

Kids Voting Mecklenburg's exciting program, YouthCivics, will have its fall session November 15-December 13. You'll attend real government meetings, see the courthouse and meet a judge, find out who the leaders are, where government gets (and spends) its money, explore careers and more.

YouthCivics is ideal for students in Civics & Economics class and others with an interest in government, politics, law and service. The course takes place one evening a week in November and December. Sessions will be held at government buildings in downtown Charlotte. Community service hours are available for completing the course, participating in discussions about community issues, and providing important feedback.

Pre-registration is required. Space is limited - sign up now! There is a one time $25 fee, which includes dinner, handouts and other materials. Scholarships are available. Schedule, session location and directions and other information will be provided after you register.

To register and ask questions, contact or 704-343-6999. To register, send your name, school, phone number and email address.Put Youth Civics in the subject line or note it somewhere else in the email. (We are also registering students for other programs at the same time.)


Youth Voice - Leadership Alliance

High school students meet twice a month to discuss school and community issues, policies and decisions with public officials. Upcoming meetings will be November 16 (Jennifer Roberts), November 29 (Hugh Hattabaugh and school board) and December 7 (Anthony Foxx). Meetings are 6-7:30PM at the Government Center, 600 E 4th Street, Charlotte 28202.

Youth Voice-Leadership Alliance, a program of Kids Voting Mecklenburg. Who can participate? Anyone in high school - student leaders, emerging leaders and students who just want to make a difference. The group is building a network of youth civic leaders who advise government policy and decision makers on issues impacting children and youth.

This is a great opportunity for students to learn about government and build leadership skills, while making friends and impacting the community.

All high school students from all schools and youth programs are invited to participate.