Posted by Jeff MeisnerEditor, Microsoft on the Issues
This week Microsoft, in partnership with National Journal and The Atlantic, hosted Conversations with the Next Generation, a youth town hall in Charlotte, N.C. The conversation, convened in the midst of the Democratic National Convention, focused on critical issues for young Americans, including the economy, jobs and education.
Town hall participants included actors and young leaders such as former White House public outreach aide Kal Penn, Voto Latino leader America Ferrera, The Creative Coalition member Alfre Woodard, StudentsFirst Founder and CEO Michelle Rhee, MTV’s Andrew Jenks, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, Young Democrats President Rod Snyder and local education leaders including Johnson C. Smith University President Dr. Ronald Carter and student Charles Hauser. Brad Smith, Microsoft General Counsel and Executive Vice President, also participated, offering opening remarks for the town hall.
NBC’s Chuck Todd and Chelsea Clinton as well as National Journal’s Chris Frates were on-hand to moderate the discussion, lending their unique perspectives on the youth vote, education and the future of America's economy for the live audience of local college students and convention participants, as well as those tuning-in via live stream on The Atlantic website and via Xbox LIVE.
Watch video highlights from the Charlotte town hall below. You can also learn more about the Conversations with the Next Generation town hall held during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida here, featuring interviews with Josh Romney, George P. Bush and others.
Kal Penn at “Conversations with the Next Generation” Charlotte Town Hall:
Michelle Rhee at “Conversations with the Next Generation” Charlotte Town Hall:
Mayor Kasim Reed at “Conversations with the Next Generation” Charlotte Town Hall: