WCU’s Biltmore Park site hosting Nov. 6 youth engagement summit

Western Carolina University’s instructional site at Biltmore Park will be one of three locations to simultaneously host the #YouthEngageNC Summit.

The summit, which is being presented by North Carolina State University’s Institute for Emerging Issues, is Friday, Nov. 6, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will feature various speakers and a panel discussion with topics centered on ways to increase civic engagement of North Carolina’s youth (ages 16-24). It will also be live-linked in Raleigh and Greenville.

The keynote speaker will be Eric Rowles, CEO and president of Leading to Change, who will discuss “What Can We Expect to Accomplish Together.”

Abby Kiesa, youth coordinator and researcher of The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement, will speak on “The State of Youth Engagement in the United States.”

The topic of the panel discussion is “Exploring the State of Our Civic Health” and will be held in concurrent sessions at all three locations. Panelists at Biltmore Park include Bob Cummings, a prevention specialist at Addiction Recovery Prevention Services of North Carolina; Diana Manee, real food active living program coordinator at Youth Empowered Solutions; Adam Ray, president of WCU’s Graduate Student Association; and Julia Trantham, associate minister of education and spiritual development at Cullowhee United Methodist Church.

The summit is open to all youth engagement professionals, as well as youth and young adults. The registration fee is $45 and is available online at http://iei.ncsu.edu/youthengagencsummit/. There will be 15 young adult scholarships available. A link to apply can be found on the registration page.

For more information on the #YouthEngageNC Summit, contact Alecia Page at 919-515-3550.