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Scholarships & Engaging Young D&D Leaders in NCDD 2016

As many of you know, NCDD’s 2014 conference had more students and young people in attendance than any conference before it, and it made a huge difference – the energy and fresh thinking that young people bring to our conferences and to our field was and is inspiring and indispensable. Attending NCDD conferences also provides students and young people with a broader view of what kinds of work in the field interests them, gives them invaluable networking opportunities to connect to opportunities to do that work, and yardsign_300pxbrings their voices and ideas to the table as our field determines how our work should evolve.

NCDD continues to be committed to cultivating the next generation of leaders in our field, and that’s why we are aiming to have more youth and student attendees than ever at NCDD 2016 this Oct. 14th-16th in Boston! As part of that commitment, we are pleased to announce that NCDD is offering a super-low student registration rate of $250 (that’s $200 off!), and we have opened up our application for NCDD 2016 scholarships. These scholarships are intended to help young people in D&D and other deserving applicants who otherwise wouldn’t be able to attend by offsetting the costs of travel, housing, and registration as needed.

The scholarship application can be found at www.surveymonkey.com/r/NCDD2016-scholarship-app. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, but you must apply before the deadline on Friday, September 30th, so don’t procrastinate! Want to contribute to the NCDD 2016 Scholarship Fund? Donate here or learn more about how you can support NCDD in raising $10,000 for scholarships by clicking here.

Martins-Students-border-600pxBut we need our NCDD members’ help encouraging the promising and engaged young people and students in this field to attend the conference! Do you work with an outstanding young person who is passionate about the work of dialogue and deliberation? Are you connected to a student who is working to bridge divides in their community? Make sure to tell them about NCDD 2016 and encourage them to register today! We also encourage members to recommend young people you think NCDD should support to our Youth Engagement Coordinator Roshan Bliss at roshan@ncdd.org so we can reach out and invite them directly. And for the students and young people reading this, we encourage you to ask your community, organizations you work with, or academic department to sponsor you coming to NCDD 2016!

In addition, please note that we are offering group discounts to incentivize teachers and other practitioners who are bringing groups of students or youth from their programs or organizations. The group rate will be worked out on a case-by-case basis, but the more people in your group, the bigger the discount! Contact our Conference Manager Courtney Breese at courtney@ncdd.org with questions about group rates.

Lastly, don’t forget that NCDD offers a discounted Students & Young Professionals membership rate of just $30/year that is designed to make NCDD membership more affordable for students, recent graduates, and folks 35 and under who are still getting established in the field. We encourage you to learn more and sign up to become a member today at www.ncdd.org/join.

We are looking forward to another great intergenerational conference, and we’re counting on our members to help us make sure the best and brightest are there. We can’t wait to see you all in October!

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Roshan Bliss
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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