Youth summit set for Wednesday at Obion County Public Library

Youth summit set for Wednesday at Obion County Public Library

The Messenger 01.04.08

Each year, the Southern Growth Policies Board starts a conversation in the South on a particular issue related to economic development.
They do this by holding community forums, or moderated discussions, in large and small communities across the region.
In 2007, more than 4,100 Southerners participated in forums, focus groups and an online survey to share their thoughts and opinions on Building the Next Workforce.
Northwest Tennessee communities participated by hosting a forum of 60-plus community leaders.
These past forums have revealed an increasing recognition that developing the potential of Southern youth, listening to their views and inspiring them to take action are all critical to the region’s future success.
“We need to look at what future generations want and need, not at what we need,” a past forum participant said.
“The leaders are all getting older. We need more young people involved,” another said.
Many have seen potential in looking to youth for “fresh ideas.”
In the coming months, the Northwest Tennessee Workforce Board and Dyersburg State Community College would like the community’s help in discussing how to strengthen and capture the vision, talents and passion of youth, the real future of the South.
Community input gathered during an upcoming forum on Wednesday will be used in developing policy and programming for the youth of northwest Tennessee.
In addition, regional results will be part of presentations at Southern Growth’s 2008 annual conference in Arkansas and will be influential in developing the Southern Growth’s 2008 Report on the Future of the South.
To participate, those interested may join the Obion County community in an open discussion on the development of the region’s greatest resource — youth. The youth summit is scheduled for Wednesday from 4-6 p.m. at the Obion County Public Library in Union City.
To reserve a seat for the event, contact Lori Marberry, youth coordinator, at (731) 286-3585, Ext. 15, or e-mail marberry@nwtnworks.org.

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