As part of NLC's continuing efforts to promote youth participation in local government, municipal officials are encouraged to bring youth (ages 15-18 years old) with them to the 2014 Congressional City Conference as youth delegates. The conference will be held March 8-11, 2014, in Washington, DC.
Youth delegates (ages 15-18) participate in the Congressional City Conference as representatives of their local city youth councils. The registration fee for youth delegates is $120. Youth are considered full conference delegates and the youth delegate fee covers the conference packet, badge, and admittance to all open sessions and workshops (except those that require a separate fee). In addition, youth delegates have several special "youth-only" sessions described below.
Youth delegates and adult chaperones can register online.
The following is not an exhaustive list of events and times are subject to change. Please see the final conference program for details and locations for these sessions.
Sunday, March 9
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Youth Delegates Orientation
This session will allow youth delegates to meet each other and share relevant experiences, become familiar with the purpose of youth participation in NLC activities, and learn more about the structure of and context for the conference.
Monday, March 10
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Congress of Cities Opening General Session
12:15 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
Youth Delegates Forum
This session will focus on the variety of ways that youth can help shape and strengthen their communities through their involvement in local government. Lunch is included.
5:15 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Youth Delegate and Elected Official Event
This session will bring youth delegates and local elected officials together to network, learn from each other, and discuss ways they can work together to address important issues in their communities.
Tuesday, March 11
10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m
Youth Delegates Wrap-up
This session provides an opportunity for youth delegates to reflect on their conference experience and develop a plan for using what they have learned to take action when they return home.