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Media Advisory

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March 1, 2005 -- No. 80

Northeastern residents, local leaders to develop
strategies to increase youth civic engagement

Thursday (March 3), 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
K.E. White Graduate Center
Elizabeth City State University

Media representatives are invited to cover the Northeast Community Forum, an event designed to provide northeastern N.C. citizens, young people, grassroots organizations and leaders with information on the state of civic engagement in the area.

Those in attendance will help develop strategies to improve youth civic engagement in the region. More than 120 local high school students, young people representing community organizations and elected and appointed officials are registered to attend.

Small group breakout sessions will be a part of the event. Linda McGee, a judge on the N.C. Court of Appeals, will address the group. Don Morring, Elizabeth City State University student body president, will give closing remarks, emphasizing how civic engagement opportunities have shaped his life.

The forum is sponsored by the N.C. Civic Education Consortium, a partnership of more than 200 organizations and individuals committed to effective civic education for young people statewide. The Civic Education Consortium is a program of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Government.

For more information, including directions to the forum, visit www.civics.unc.edu/civicindex/northeast.htm.

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N.C. Civic Education Consortium contact: Kelley O’Brien, (919) 843-0664

UNC News Services contact: Deb Saine, (919) 962-8415 or deborah_saine@unc.edu