On Friday, October 25th, 2019, members of the youth-led Action Research Team hosted Deep Center’s first-ever youth-centered candidate forum. The candidate forum included Mayoral and Alderman At-Large Post 1 and Post 2 candidates for the 2019 city council election.
The forum revolved around the Deep Center’s recently released policy brief, Our Stories Are the Evidence: Youth-Powered Policies for a More Equitable Savannah. In addition, youth team members asked questions on topics such as policing, immigration and sanctuary-city status, public transportation, Americans with Disabilities Act compliance and accessibility in the historic district, and more.
“Deep’s Action Research Team is laying the foundation for a new model of what youth leadership and youth-led civic engagement looks like in Savannah,” said Deep Center’s Executive Director Dare Dukes. “An engaged youth electorate makes for a healthy democracy and more responsive government. We all win when Savannah’s young people research issues, question candidates for office, hold decision makers accountable, and vote.”
“I’m feeling hopeful now that I know candidates’ stances and thoughts on issues dear to me and fellow youth,” said Action Research Team member Rush George.
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