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“Youth as City Leaders” website launched
Detail: Youth-Only Website Launches This Week

by Jessica Burch Hembree

Youth who are active in city-sponsored youth leadership programs will soon have their own website to connect them to other young people across the country.

The “Youth as City Leaders” website, created by NLC’s Institute for Youth, Education, and Families, will be a place for high-school aged youth who are involved in city government to meet, share ideas and receive advice. The site, at, goes live during the 82nd Annual Congress of Cities in Charlotte, N.C., December 6-10.

Thousands of youth across the nation take part in city-sponsored youth councils, teen commissions and youth service organizations. The new website will offer these youth the opportunity to connect and network.

The website is part of NLC’s continuing effort to promote youth participation in local government.

It is sponsored by the MetLife Foundation as part of the City-Schools Youth Planning Initiative.

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To encourage robust dialogue between youth, the website will include online discussion forums that allow users to enter the site and write messages to one another.

Users can respond to previously posted messages or start new discussions of their own.

The site will host forums for the following categories:

• My City’s Programs

• Help! I need some advice

• Upcoming Events

• Fun Stuff

The website will be accompanied by the launch of the “Youth as City Leaders Listserv,” which will allow email-based networking and conversation between participants in the Youth as City Leaders Network.

The listserv will allow youth to discuss innovative city programs and share advice for creating meaningful youth-adults partnerships.

Additionally, the site will include youth blogs (online diaries and opinion pieces), a calendar of events and information about new initiatives at NLC.

Youth will be able to e-mail blogs to NLC staff, who will consult with them in choosing which submissions to post to the website.

Date: January 11 2006