Roundtable Discussion on Release of NAM 2011 Youth Poll - Friday, Feb. 4th

Roundtable Discussion on Release of NAM 2011 Youth Poll - Friday, Feb. 4th

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 We want to invite you to a lunchtime roundtable we're hosting this Friday to release the findings of our latest youth poll on education...This will be a working meeting among Bay Area student leaders, community advocacy organizations, research institutions, and editors/reporters...

Where: NAM's San Francisco office (275 9th. St. San Francisco, CA)
When: Feb 4, 2011: 11 AM - 1PM (lunch will be served)
Please RSVP to Rupa Dev (

Note: You can find the executive summary of the 2006 “California Dreamers” poll online at

NAM's first poll of California youth in 2006 found a generation so optimistic that we titled the poll “California Dreamers." They believed in the classic American Dream. If education is the pathway to the American Dream, this new poll finds that the economic collapse has hit California’s young people where their dream is – and it has hit them hard. Almost 1 in 2 respondents said budget cuts have changed their ability to reach their educational goals. When asked specifically how, 77 percent of these young people said it will take them longer to complete their education, 40 percent are working more and going to school part-time, and 39 percent said they have to put school on hold.
Our goal in releasing this poll with a roundtable cohort of thought leaders (educators, advocates, stakeholders and youth organizers) and editors/reporters is twofold:

First, we want to learn about what advocates and stakeholders are doing to address and respond to the urgent concerns around higher education access, budget cuts and school safety raised by this representative sample of the state’s youth.

Second, we want to hear your feedback, and recommendations, on the usefulness of polling as a means to capture an authentic youth voice. Are there additional ways policy makers and others with a stake in educational opportunity could bring youth to the policy table? We’d like to hear about what your work has done to promote youth perspectives, and how this poll (or future polls) could complement your own efforts around advocating for California’s youth.