Do you have an I.D.E.A.?

Virginia Beach youth invited to engage with local political candidates at upcoming forum

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Influence. Discover. Empower. Act. That’s what Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation’s Mayor’s Youth Leaders in Action (MYLA) members are excited for youth to do at the upcoming Youth I.D.E.A. Political Forum being held on October 29 from 10 am to 3 pm at Salem Middle School. Young adults between 14 and 21 will have the chance to speak with local political candidates about the issues that matter most to them. Registration is required and limited to the first 150 participants. The deadline to register is October 21.

The goal of this forum is for high school and college-age students to interact and get involved with the local elections taking place in November. Mayor Will Sessoms and other candidates running for mayor and city council have been invited to give these young people an opportunity to learn about and discuss the candidates' platforms. During the forum, there will be breakout sessions, lunch, and a question and answer panel which will include student-based questions. Students will earn community service hours and valuable experience.

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About Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation
Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation strives to promote healthy lifestyles and protect the City’s coastal environment, as well as to ensure all residents – regardless of their physical, social and economic circumstances – can access Parks & Recreation programs. The department’s vision is a balanced, sustainable and value-focused system of parks, recreation and public spaces that create a sense of community. Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation is accredited by CAPRA, the certifying agency of the National Recreation and Park Association. For more information, visit or call (757) 385-1100 (TTY: 757-711 Virginia Relay). Sign up for Parks & Rec email newsletters at Find us on Facebook at 

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