Youth and Opportunity: What Should We Do for Future Generations to Thrive? (Virtual public deliberation on Zoom)

Event details

  • April 15, 2021
  • 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Virtual event - Zoom online
  • 803-728-7056

Cost: Free

Youth and Opportunity: What Should We Do for Future Generations to Thrive?

THIS HIGHLY INTERACTIVE DISCUSSION IS DESIGNED TO HELP AMERICANS DELIBERATE TOGETHER about what we should do to address unprecedented challenges that may hinder future generations from leading successful and economically secure lives. The discussion, using a detailed guidebook published by the highly regarded National Issues Forum, outlines three different ways of considering the issue. Each suggests actions we might take, along with trade-offs we would have to accept.

Altogether, these options allow participants to explore important values and tensions shared by many. Information in this guide raises crucial questions for which there are no easy answers.

  • Will the next generation, like those before it, be able to build an economically secure future, or will it face too many unprecedented challenges that undercut its prospects?
  • Should present-day priorities be more important than our obligations to future generations?
  • Is the next generation receiving the education and support it needs to succeed?
  • Are there disparities that we should be addressing today to enable future generations to prosper tomorrow?

Bolstering the chances of success for future generations requires us to consider choices that cut across conventional partisan lines and generational differences. What course of action should be a priority as we plan for the future?

The research conducted in developing this guide included a review of policy ideas and polling data from across the political spectrum, interviews and conversations with Americans from all walks of life, focus groups with young people, and appraisals of initial drafts by experts with diverse views and experiences.

This virtual event is strictly limited to 20 participants who are expected to read the guide beforehand along with viewing a short video. Please click HERE for details. Active participation is important for this public deliberation event.

Register HERE in advance for this FREE online event since enrollment is strictly limited to no more than 20 participants. If you have any questions, please email:


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This event is sponsored by Athens Chautauqua Society in collaboration with the National Issues Forum and Greenville Chautauqua.

Dr. Margaret Holt is a retired faculty member in the Department of Adult Education at The University of Georgia. She has since l981 worked on multiple projects with the Charles F. Kettering Foundation in Dayton, Ohio. She was one of the “pioneers” in establishing the National Issues Forums.

In February 2012 Dr. Holt engaged in a new project with the Kettering Foundation that involves an examination of evidence of deliberation in “everyday speech” in Oconee, County, Georgia. Since 2012 she has been a part of a team at the Kettering Foundation conducting research on the public’s perception of the judicial system in the United States. Dr. Holt is currently working on an initiative with the Kettering Foundation to identify people who are under-represented in their work related to civic participation.