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Gannon hosts seventh annual Youth Civic Engagement Symposium

Published: 09/22/2022

Erie Bayfront, photographed by Gannon alum Matthew Fassnacht '19

Erie Bayfront, photographed by Gannon alum Matthew Fassnacht '19

Gannon welcomes 150 local students from nine high schools, alongside all participants on campus for today’s seventh annual Youth Civic Engagement Symposium, in recognition of Constitution Day. 

This event is sponsored by Gannon, Erie Together and Senator Pat Toomey’s Office

This signature event welcomes Cathedral Prep, Corry, Fort LeBoeuf, Girard, Harbor Creek, Iroquois, McDowell, Perseus House, Charter School of Excellence, and Union City High School. 

Following breakfast in the Yehl Ballroom, students will engage with a variety of speakers including Erie Together Director Mary Bula, Gannon President Dr. Keith Taylor, and United States Senator Pat Toomey. Dr. Jeff Bloodworth, co-director of Gannon’s School of Public Service and Global Affairs will lead a discussion on The U.S. Constitution before panels begin on state, federal, local and county government, as well as a lunch panel centered on volunteering. 

“We are grateful for our panelists, volunteers and the presenting partners - Erie Together, U.S. Senator Pat Toomey's Office and Gannon University,” writes Gannon director of community and government relations, Erika Ramalho. 

Watch highlights from the 2021 Youth Civic Engagement Symposium here


From Erie Together: Learn - Work - Thrive, on the Youth Civic Engagement Symposium 

“One of Erie Together's top priorities is to help more kids grow up to be successful adults. Something we know that leads to success - for both people and for places - is civic engagement, or getting involved in your community. That’s why several years ago we began working with US Senator Pat Toomey’s Office and Gannon University to host an annual Youth Civic Engagement Symposium planned around Constitution Day each year.

Our goal for this event is to help students understand what local, state and federal governments do, and how they are run through the executive, legislative and judicial branches. Our intent is for students to walk away with a better understanding of how government operates, and to be excited about becoming civically engaged through voting, running for office, working within the public sector and/or volunteering.” 

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