New Generation Communities
Creating rural communities in which youth and young adults can thrive
New Generation Communities offers high-quality resources and training opportunities for people of all ages who seek to more fully engage youth and young adults in economic and community life. As the foundation of the New Generation Initiative, this program is expected to stimulate planning and innovation throughout North Carolina's 85 rural counties.
Communities is part of the larger New Generation Initiative, a three-year effort to transform rural counties through youth and young adult engagement. Other programs of the initiative target career development, entrepreneurship and the engagement of young leaders in community service.
The centerpiece of New Generation Communities is a series of training programs to create confidence and increase the chances of successfully engaging young people in your community.
Workshops to be offered as part of the series:
Getting started in youth and young adult engagement (November 2012)
Fostering the growth of entrepreneurship among youth and young adults (February 2013)
Involving youth and young adults in local governance and community leadership (TBA)
Building a brighter future for high-risk youth (TBA)
Creating technology-ready communities (TBA)
Passing the torch to young farmers, business owners and civic and community leaders/Encouraging young people to come back, give back (TBA)
Each training program will feature expert presentations, interactive sessions and easy-to-follow guides that contain community-based strategies and resources. Workshops will be held in Raleigh and across the state. Webcasts will also be available.
The workshops are being developed under the guidance of the New Generation Advisory Council and through a collaboration with state organizations that have expertise in youth and young adult engagement.
The 160-page N.C. Youth Engagement Resource Guide profiles national, state and local resources for communities seeking to launch or expand local initiatives. The guide includes information that can lead to grant, scholarship, volunteer and networking opportunities.
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Elaine Matthews, senior vice president
N.C. Rural Economic Development Center
4021 Carya Drive
Raleigh, NC 27610
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