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The City Club of Cleveland Youth Forum Council provides an opportunity for 35 high school students to examine the value and impediments of free speech; discuss and learn about national and international issues of critical importance; and be challenged to discover ways in which they can actively participate in public life. These students, hailing from all across the Greater Cleveland area, plan and facilitate cost-free forums and programs, important to local youth and their teachers. Past speakers in these forums include former Cleveland Mayor Jane Campbell, Greenpeace Executive Director John Passacantando, and former Special Envoy to Afghanistan Peter Tomsen. Through this unique experience, council members are exposed to differing viewpoints while having the opportunity to share their ideas in a public space.

The City Club of Cleveland Youth Forum Council truly enhances the regular school’s civics curriculum to a “classroom without walls”. Stimulating critical thinking about American public policy, international relations, environmental concerns, and numerous other issues is vital in today’s society and the Youth Forum Council provides a rare opportunity for students to explore these topics together.

You can also check out the Youth Forum's Facebook page or Twitter. To read more about our past forums, check out our student-written blogs.

Applications to the YFC are on a rolling basis. If interested, please apply here

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Members of the 2017-2018 Youth Forum Council with the panelists, at their November forum on Affirmative Action.

The Youth Forum Council is made posssible through a generous contribution from:


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