Foundations and funders committed to building healthier, safer, and more equitable communities may be overlooking or undervaluing a key strategy: youth civic engagement.  In light of recent findings from PACE’s Health & Safety working group, this webinar will take place on March 20 at 1pm Eastern/10 am Pacific, and will highlight why and how investments in youth civic engagement can be key to improving community health and safety.  The event will illustrate specific ways funders can support youth civic engagement, share stories and case studies of successful health and safety initiatives involving youth, and explore how incorporating youth into health and safety strategies can have an impact on equity in community outcomes.  Speakers will include:

  • Kristen Cambell, Executive Director, PACE
  • Marian Mulkey, PACE Fellow
  • Carolyne Abdullah, Director of Strengthening Democratic Capacity Team, Everyday Democracy
  • Jme McLean, Founding Principal, Mesu Strategies, LLC
  • Jonathan Kartt, Programs and Evaluation Officer, Rita Allen Foundation
  • Matthew Pierce, Program Officer, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

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This event will also mark the launch of two new publications from PACE: 

Youth Civic Engagement for Health Equity and Community Safety: How Funders Can Embrace the Power of Young People to Advance Healthier, Safer Communities for All, a detailed report distilling the results of interviews and research, on the impact of youth civic engagement for community health and safety outcomes, by Jme McLean of Mesu Strategies, LLC.

Youth Civic Engagement and Health, Wellbeing, and Safety: A Review of Research, a review of existing literature at the intersection of youth civic engagement and health and safety, by Parissa Ballard, of Wake Forest School of Medicine.