In collaboration with Global Ties Wyoming, InterConnections 21 will be welcoming to Jackson Hole a delegation from Kyrgyzstan along with U.S. State Department from April 17 – 23. The delegation is comprised of nine Kyrgyz leaders in policy, education, and nonprofit management, along with three U.S. State Department officials.  The delegation states:

“Engaged citizens are the lifeblood of a healthy democracy, and the survival of democratic institutions requires a next generation that is enthusiastic about civic engagement. As a young democracy, the Kyrgyz Republic has a particular need for engaged youth leaders to maintain its vibrancy in the future. This project invites educators, activists, and politicians to explore how to support the development of young leaders and empower youth to take an active role in their society. It will involve visits to organizations that support civic engagement in the United States, meetings with U.S. youth activists, and discussions with educators and experts currently engaged in the field.”

The goals of the project are to:

— Emphasize the importance of youth leaderships in all aspects of society
— Generate ways to cultivate leadership in Kyrgyz youth
— Determine how to get youth in the Kyrgyz Republic interested in civic engagement
— Foster creative partnerships between Kyrgyz non-profits, educational institutions, and government initiatives to support youth engagement

InterConnections 21 will be hosting a luncheon panel to discuss our work promoting youth leadership and civic engagement. We will also be meeting at JH High School with student leaders and advisors from a wide variety of student organizations to discuss youth leadership across multiple fields of interest.