LINCROFT, NJ - The League of Women Voters of New Jersey will hold an educational forum, “Engaged and Empowered: A New Generation of Leaders” on Saturday, October 11 at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft to discuss and explore political engagement and activism among the Millennial Generation. This generation is commonly defined as those born in the early 1980s into the early 2000s.  

“The League of Women Voters of New Jersey is excited to share the opportunity to learn more about this vibrant and energetic generation,” said Kerry Butch, Executive Director. “This is an important step to ensure a steady rise in voter turnout, nurture our future leaders, and bridge the gap between generations for the good of our communities.”

The League of Women Voters of New Jersey is hosting millennials to lead the discussion including keynote speaker, David Burstein. Burstein, filmmaker, storyteller, and millennial writer, is the author of Fast Future: How the Millennial Generation is Shaping Our World. The book takes readers inside the largest generation in history to tell how and why they are changing business, technology, culture, and politics. Burstein is also the founder of Generation 18, a nonpartisan young voter engagement organization.

Following the keynote address, a panel of young activists working in different policy fields will discuss their efforts to engage their peers. Panelists will include Stacey Faella, Chair, League of Women Voters of New Jersey Young People's Network; Nicole Scott-Harris, Newark Organizer, NJ Environmental Justice Alliance; Casey Olesko, Vice President of Public and Community Affairs, Planned Parenthood Association of the Mercer Area; and Giancarlo Tello, New Jersey DREAMer.

Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in an afternoon workshop on a range of topics including hands-on training in best practices for youth engagement, and discussions about the disparaging representation of women and girls in mainstream media, climate change, voting rights, and issues in immigration.

Please visit www.lwvnj.org to register or call the League of Women Voters of New Jersey at 609-394-3303 for more information. This forum is open to the public. The registration fee is $35 which includes all sessions, materials and lunch. The registration fee for students is $15 and students are encouraged to attend. Scholarships are available for those students that need assistance covering the registration fee.

The forum is sponsored by the Department of Political Science, Brookdale Community College and by The Libby Sharpe Memorial Fund.

The League of Women Voters of New Jersey is a non-partisan political organization that was founded in April 1920 as a successor to the New Jersey Woman Suffrage Association. Today the League encourages informed and active participation in government and influences public policy through education and advocacy.