Edmonds Diversity Commission to host youth forum

Feb 24, 2017

After a successful “Edmonds World Café” in December, the Edmonds Diversity Commission is reaching out to young people in the greater Edmonds community 1:30-3:30 p.m. March 17 in the Plaza Room above the Edmonds Library, 650 Main St.

“Your Voice Matters” is a youth-only event for middle- and high-school students that will discuss topics of concern to them, such as bullying, social media pressures, inclusion and discrimination.

The forum will follow a similar “World Café” format, with participants invited to sit around tables and discuss topics with their peers.

The forum will also include motivational remarks and entertainment.

The World Café is a trademarked forum for engaging people in “conversations that matter,” according to The World Café Community Foundation, the nonprofit organization that developed World Café over 20 years ago for social engagement, innovation and positive community change.

“As a cornerstone of our mission we seek to reach out and engage the community on current issues related to diversity and inclusion in greater Edmonds,” Diversity Commission Ed Dorame said.

“This youth forum is intended to provide a safe and engaging space for healthy discussion on sometimes uncomfortable topics. In addition to allowing for members of our middle school and high school community to have a voice on these issues, the process will help the commission focus its work over the next year.”

Space is limited, so interested parties are encouraged to email Diversity Coordinator Misha Carter at misha.carter@edmondswa.gov by March 10 to reserve a space.

The Plaza Room is ADA accessible. Refreshments will be served.


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