Civic Engagement Series Launched
Nov. 2 Community Forum To Examine The Issue Of Troubled Children
October 21, 2002--
The University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center for
Public Service, the Charlottesville-Albemarle Commission on Children
and Families and numerous other local organizations will convene
a community forum to address the issue of troubled children in central
Virginia on Saturday, Nov. 2. The forum, the first in a planned
series to promote increased civic engagement in key local issues,
will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at the Albemarle County Office
Building auditorium, 400 McIntire Road.
members of the public are invited to participate in the forum and
small-group discussions, on the theme “Our Nation’s
Kids: Is Something Wrong?” The program will conclude with
a summary, refreshments and a community resources fair on children’s
programs from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Child care will be provided.
isn’t a day that goes by when there isn’t a headline
in our marvelous community about troubled youth,” said Nancy
Gansneder, assistant professor at the Cooper Center and event co-organizer.
“Despite our strong community and many successful youth programs,
we still have a lot of problems and needs related to our children.”
ways to improve meeting the needs of children and youth in the Charlottesville-Albemarle
community, the forum also will aim to foster citizen participation
in solving issues, she said.
event is affiliated with the National Issues Forums Network, a nationwide
nonpartisan group that promotes civic engagement on issues of importance
for local communities. Its local sponsor is the Civic Engagement
Initiative, a partnership of organizations hosted by the Weldon
Cooper Center for Public Service. The children’s forum is
the first in a series that will be held from time to time on local
addition to the Cooper Center and the Commission on Children and
Families, a city-county advisory group, co-sponsoring organizations
of this first forum include U.Va.’s School of Continuing and
Professional Studies, School of Law Public Service Center, Madison
House, Jefferson-Madison Regional Library, Albemarle County Social
Services, Monticello Area Community Action Agency, Virginia Institute
of Government and other groups.
reserve a space for child care at the event please call (434) 997-3550.
additional information about the forum or the series, contact Nancy
Gansneder at (434) 982-4770 or Saphira Baker at 970-3550.
contact: Bob Brickhouse, (434) 924-6856