Photo by Lloyd Wolf
Building Capacity and Gaining Public Knowledge Through Deliberative Forums
Auburn University ATP students led a deliberative forum offering young people in Macon County Schools the chance to weigh the pros and cons of three approaches to the issue of Macon County’s future; the first approach was to build a youth-friendly community, the second was to improve the schools, and the third was to provide youth leadership development opportunities.
The forum is more than a focus group, since participants are asked what they think their role is in community development. Students are asked what they might have to give up or change to receive the outcomes they desire. We will seek thoughtful judgements, not just opinions. The forums are intended to spur innovative thinking, and the moderator led the group to identify the challenges and opportunities for their community.
Post forum questionnaires included questions to solicit information community leaders desire to know as they create and plan new opportunities for young people.
Dr. Mark Wilson
Director, Civic Learning Initiatives
College of Liberal Arts
Auburn University, AL 36849
Telephone: (334) 844-6198
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