Institute of World Affairs, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, United States

19 October 2017

With growing threats to democracy around the world, youth participation is more critical than ever to generate new ideas and energy for democratic revitalization. This World Forum for Democracy satellite event will take place in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, a U.S. city facing daunting challenges. It has high rates of poverty, violence, and segregation – the kinds of issues that can leave young people feeling voiceless and disconnected.  It also has a strong network of committed individuals working for positive change.

The event will bring together high school students from across the city to explore what it means to take part in the decision-making processes that affect their lives.  Through interactive activities and opportunities to interview democracy and human rights leaders globally and locally, including those involved in World Forum for Democracy initiatives in other countries, participating youth will build global citizenship skills and identify ways to take action on issues they care about. 

This program is part of a broader initiative to support Milwaukee high school teachers and students in promoting active global and democratic citizenship.