Future Leaders Town Hall (formerly known as Youth Town Hall)
In 2011, the Arizona Town Hall debuted its Youth Town Hall in partnership with Arizona State University and Maricopa Community Colleges in an effort to engage even more students and their perspectives in the Town Hall process which works toward creating solutions or strategies to improve Arizona. While there are student representatives participating in the three-day, twice annual Town Halls, these separate events afford students an opportunity to gather and provide exciting new energy, along with innovative and creative thinking to the solutions needed on education, transportation, arts and culture, health care, how government is run and many other topics.
The ideas that come out of the Future Leaders Town Hall are shared with all of those participating in the conversation at the signature event typically held just a month later.
Follow the links below for news and outcomes relating to Future Leaders Town Halls on the following topics:
Sierra Vista - Cochise College, Sierra Vista Campus
South Maricopa - South Mountain Community College
Tucson - Pima Community College
Verde Valley - Yavapai College, Verde Valley Campus
West Maricopa - Peoria City Hall Complex
Yuma - Arizona Western College
#7: Arizona's Economy
On October 7th, a Future Leaders Town Hall was held in Tempe and satellite locations around the state. Arizona's Economy was the topic. Hundreds of students from the state's high schools, colleges, and universities participated in this unique opportunity to meet other students with diverse perspectives and gain a new network of connections. Student shared their ideas and expressed their views about the state's economy and came up with ways to solve some of the most challenging issues affecting Arizona.
A summary of the discussions taking place at the October 7th Future Leaders Town Hall was carried forward for consideration at the 105th Arizona Town Hall which will be held at the Grand Canyon in November 2014.
Channel 11 News includes a video: AWC Students Discuss Higher Education - view on site.
Video slide show of Youth Town Halls held in Yuma on October 24, 2012 and April 10, 2013.
#3: Civic Leadership for Arizona's Future
On October 24, 2012, the Arizona Students’ Association, Arizona Town Hall, and the Maricopa Community Colleges held a Youth Town Hall on Civic Leadership for Arizona’s Future. Statewide student leaders from across Arizona gathered to discuss what it means to be a leader in their community. This was a unique opportunity for university, college and even high school students to gather and craft solutions that will change Arizona.
Many thanks to our Panelists and Speakers: Nancy Welch, Vice President Arizona Center for Civic Leadership at the Flinn Foundation; David Martinez III, a student advocate and political activist, working at St. Mary’s Food Bank; Veekas Shrivastava, a student at Arizona State University and the deputy finance director for a congressional campaign in Arizona; and Alberto Olivas, Director, Center for Civic Participation, Maricopa Community Colleges.
#2: Civic Engagement
The second Youth Town Hall was held April 11, 2012, at Arizona State University Downtown Phoenix Campus.
Partnerships with the Arizona Students’ Association and Maricopa Community Colleges helped make this event an incredible success with nearly 200 students participating in the discussions. It was also live webcast at other campuses and a Twitter feed showcased immediate thoughts from the high school to college-aged participants.