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Kansas Voter Registration Day - April 13

Wildcats Vote, a K-State independent student organization, has launched for two years what is becoming an annual spring event - KVRD, an early reminder that Kansas schedules annual elections and primaries.  To be ready to participate, Cameron Charity, current president, and Hayley Spellman, past president, ask all citizens to look up your Kansas voter registration records at KSVOTES.ORG and update any changes of address or name.  Registering for the first time? The KSVOTES.ORG app or the Secretary of State website offer online access to registering.  Read more about voter registration and engagement.

KVRD Proclamation 2021

4H Youth Expand Facilitation Skills and Engagement

Stories Matter is an Extension 4H youth development project built from a series of successful training and public engagement events. Participating in Conversation Bootcamp establishes the norms and best practices of public conversation facilitation.  With training, 4H youth from across Kansas have offered Community Conversations on public policy issues using National Issues Forums (NIF) discussion protocols.  Several events, including a ground-breaking deliberative approach to the annual Citizenship in Action at the state capital in 2020, were led by 4H facilitators using NIF methods.  Another mode of facilitation being learned and applied in 4H to community conversations is Visual Thinking Strategies (watch demonstration), where participants are asked a series of questions while viewing art as a way to encourage multiple interpretations and thoughtful listening.  The Stories Matter sequence has grown under the leadership of Aliah Mestrovich Seay, 4-H Youth Development Specialist for Community Vitality and ICDD's Extension Liaison. Read more on youth leading community discussions on difficult topics

(November 12, 2020)

Put Yourself on the Map  

Are you a facilitator with skills to offer communities in need of productive conversation?  Add your profile to the Kansas Civic Life Project, which aims to bring communities together with civic professionals capable of facilitating what might sometimes be rather difficult discussions. The map is a directory that demonstrates the breadth of civic discourse skills across our state.  Enlarge your own contacts by consulting this map, and inquire into modes of conversation that you can learn and experience.

KCPL map