Crowdsource Engagement by Empowering Young People to Organize Civic Events in Their Neighborhoods

based on the idea that politics is always local, empower young people to creatively engage in civic processes-BUILD A CIVIC HEALTH INCUBATOR

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CREATE A CIVIC HEALTH INCUBATOR RUN BY YOUTH!

target audience: a diverse crowd in their late teens through twenties along with anyone else who is game.

create opportunities for young people to plan events that emphasize civic health in any form for the target audience. events might include: a neighborhood street party (a potluck with dancing) that simply promotes getting to know your neighbors; a meetup at a local coffee shop or bar to share community concerns and develop action plans; or a guerilla campaign to increase community service movement. 

some events could generate revenue via ticket sales. funding could be sought from local businesses.

Consult with or model programs after Denver's Civic Health Club -- www.warmcookiesoftherevolution.org

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Love the cross country collaboration!  Will be interesting to see what you learn from need-finding with the different communities.  Will needs be same? similar? different?  Can similar events meet multiple needs?

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Paul Kim Maggie Favretti Love that you're collaborating on this idea! I'm really interested to see you develop a collaborative doc and build out a program that could work in Denver and in NYC! I'm sure that warm cookies would work in both places. :)

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How well do you think your idea might transfer to NYCity?

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Hi, Paul.  Let's collaborate!  I have a collaborative team working with a community center to ideate around community health.  They ARE an incubator!  I'd love to know more about how it works.  I love warm cookies!  Maggie (City 2.0)

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Maggie Favretti  THANKS! Yes, what are your ideas?  Would love to know about your community center work.  Warm Cookies of the Revolution runs events all over town to get people to come together and think critically about civic issues. I don't love the name but I love warm cookies too.  I think it would be great to have young people design and execute pop-up events around town to engage people in civics.

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Hi Paul, So happy to see your great ideas! I would love to see you build out this idea. Our students love social events and this would bring them together for a cause. Please let me know how I can help.