Mayor convenes Gresham youth summit

May 24, 2018

Local youth will share their thoughts on safety in schools, bullying and technology at the Gresham Youth Summit, convened by Mayor Shane Bemis. Select students from all Gresham high schools will be invited to attend and participate in moderated youth panel discussions on Tuesday, May 29 from 2:30-4:30 pm in Council Chambers, 1331 NW Eastman Parkway.

Youth voices have been a critical factor in recent national conversations.  Gresham’s summit will feature those voices with panel discussions including students from area high schools, moderated by Bemis. The summit will also use technology to examine thoughts and opinions of the larger group in real-time during the discussion.
Through his involvement with the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Bemis will also be leading a national task force on youth involvement, which launches during the Conference’s upcoming annual meeting.

We have a laser focus on children and families right now in Gresham. Given the national focus on youth voices, this seemed an opportune moment to connect with the young people in our community to hear their thoughts on issues that matter to them,” said Mayor Bemis.