Patrick J. Toomey

09/13/2017 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 09/14/2017 00:30

Toomey’s Office to Team with Gannon University and Erie Together to Host 2nd Annual Youth Civic Engagement Symposium

Erie, Pa. - In recognition of Constitution Day, U.S. Senator Pat Toomey's office will join Gannon University and Erie Together in hosting the 2nd annual Youth Civic Engagement Symposium this Friday (September 15th).

The Youth Civic Engagement Symposium was created to help high school students better understand the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of federal, state, and local government. The daylong field trip is hosted at Gannon University but includes a visit to the county and federal court houses and city hall to hear from a variety of local, state, and federal government speakers. The symposium will explore government careers and encourage students to become more aware of and involved with their communities. The students will have a better understanding what local, state, and federal governments do and how they are run. Students will also have the opportunity to use the voting machine provided by the Erie County Election office.

More than 150 high school students from eight local schools (Collegiate Academy, Corry, Erie, Iroquois, North East, Seneca, Barber National Institute and Union City) along with teachers and volunteers are expected to participate in this event.

Media is invited and encouraged to attend this event from 9:25 a.m. to 10:10 a.m., while the Symposium holds its session in Erie City Council Chambers.

Senator Toomey is quoted as follows:

'I appreciate Gannon University and Erie Together working with my office to put on this terrific event designed to help kids understand how government, at all levels, works. I have no doubt that this year's Youth Civic Engagement Symposium will be a terrific forum which will not only grow the students' understanding of civics, but will also be fun for all involved.'

Mary Bula, the Facilitator of Erie Together is quoted as follows:

'Last year's event was so well received by the students, we can't wait to do it again this year! The level of engagement from public officials is remarkable, and the students come away with a truly memorable experience. Erie Together is thrilled to work with our partners Gannon University, US Senator Pat Toomey's Office, and Career Street to make this day possible.'

Erika Ramalho, the Director of Community and Government Relations, Gannon University, is quoted as follows:

'Gannon University is honored to serve as the host site for over 150 high school students to learn, first-hand, the role of government and how their own involvement can shape the future.'

Lori Cammarata, a 12th grade Government teacher at Iroquois School is quoted as follows:

'My students found the experience to be both educational and interesting. They appreciated that they were able to interact with local government officials and learn about how government affects them as young people. They learned about the importance of being involved in their local government and communities and were given specific ways to get involved. The speakers and local government officials made government accessible to my students. I think the Symposium helped my students to see the real life applications of government, which was really neat for me, as their teacher, to see.'

Speakers at this year's Youth Civic Engagement Symposium include Dr. Mark Jubulis, Gannon University, City of Erie Mayor Joe Sinnott, City of Erie Police Chief Don Daucus, City of Erie Fire Chief Guy Santone, Casey Wells, Erie County Convention Center Authority, City Councilmember Curtis Jones, Judge Susan Baxter, US District Magistrate, Judge Jamie Mead, Gary Lee, Director of Administration for the County, County Councilmember Ed DiMattio, and Mayoral Candidates John Persinger, and Joe Schember.