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Please show your support of youth at NCDD 2014!

NCDD’s 6th National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation is right around the corner, and we couldn’t be more excited!

CPD_Students_Signs-borderPart of the reason we chose our theme Democracy for the Next Generation is that we are committed to encouraging and cultivating the young leaders who are emerging in our field. We will have more students and young people joining us at NCDD 2014 than at any previous conference.

We’ve made this happen through our $250 rate for full-time students (35 students have registered using this option), and through granting an additional 50+ scholarships for students and youth that need help with registration, and often travel stipends and lodging too.

This was made possible through an anonymous donation of $10,000, but we have tapped out these funds and then some. We just couldn’t turn away the amazing young leaders who showed sincere interest in joining us, and passion about building their future careers in this field. Plus, we know this is one of the smartest investments we can make, for the conference and for our field.

Will you help show our community’s support for these emerging leaders by donating to the youth scholarship fund? At this point, we need to cap new scholarship requests (which keep coming in!) — unless we get your support.

So we are calling on our fabulous community to help us raise another $4000 to support the literal “next generation” in joining us in Reston, VA later this month.

Martins-Students-border-350pxPlease contribute to our student & youth scholarship fund today by completing the short form at www.ncdd.org/donate – NCDD, and all of these promising young people, could really use your support right now!

Your tax-deductible donation will go directly to helping us provide travel reimbursements, shared hotel rooms, and registration for the last batch of scholarship hopefuls.  Plus anyone who donates $50 or more will have their contribution acknowledged in the printed conference guidebook.

Additionally, we are thrilled that NCDD Board member and Colorado State University professor Martin Carcasson is bringing a whopping 15 of his students to join us all the way from Colorado! Though we’re helping them with registration, Martin and his students are raising funds for their travel and lodging expenses through a Kickstarter-style campaign here. Check out their great video and support them as well!

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An inclusiveness trainer and group process facilitator, Roshan Bliss serves as NCDD's Youth Engagement Coordinator and Blog Curator. Combining his belief that decisions are better when everyone is involved with his passion for empowering young people, his work focuses on increasing the involvement of youth and students in public conversations.

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  1. In the first 5 hours since putting out this call, we’ve had 11 people donate a total of about $1000 towards youth scholarships for the conference. Another testament to this wonderful community.

    Thank you to these donors who didn’t hesitate to step in right away:

    Chris Bui
    John Stephens
    Stephanie Brown
    Patrick Cronin
    Marianne Seifert
    Bruce Mallory
    David Nevins
    Andrew Sachs
    Tim Bonnemann
    Carolyn Penny
    Don Lapierre

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