UPDATE: The town hall on civic engagement has been canceled due to an expected snowstorm. The event is expected to be rescheduled at a later date.
Youths representing Minnesota’s First Congressional District are holding a town hall in Rochester on Friday to discuss the value of civic engagement in the current political era.
The event, planned for 6 to 8 p.m., will be at the city-county Government Center, 151 Fourth St. SE and has been organized by members of the Minnesota Youth Council.
The town hall panel includes Annika Schroeder, a Teen Council member; Rick Morris of the local Sierra Club chapter, Kashanti Taylor, a co-chair of the Rochester-Olmsted Youth Commission; and Jenna Bowman, Rochester's city communications and engagement manager, who also is a former youth commission member.
The Minnesota Youth Council seeks to mobilize middle and high school students throughout the state to create equitable systems through youth-led outreach, education and advocacy.
Members from each congressional district have been tasked with organizing a community town hall this year, with the youth determining the topic.