Colorado high school students had the opportunity to ask their elected officials questions at the recent Inspire Colorado Youth Civic Engagement Forum.
Lieutenant Governor Donna Lynne gave the welcoming address, and the Secretary of State Wayne Williams was the keynote speaker. Joey Pace, City of Denver Youth Success Director, moderated a forum of elected officials. In attendance were Senator Kevin Priola, Rep. Crisanta Duran, Rep. Cole Wist, and Rep. Leslie Herod.
More than 80 high school students attended the forum, held at the History of Colorado. Students were from high schools as far south as Pueblo and as far north as Boulder. Their questions ranged from inquiring about climate change and automatic voter registration, to the importance of standardized testing and immigration reform. Panelists demonstrated bi-partisanship, as well as moments of humor and inspiration.
Students also had a chance to engage with the elected officials one-on-one, as well as participate in a civil discourse activity facilitated by Inspire Colorado. During the civil discourse, students learned how to voice their opinions and speak up while simultaneously respecting viewpoints different from their own.