Thank you for hosting a
Community Conversation forYoung Adults
are stand-alone, text-based discussions led by a facilitatorfrom the local community. Each toolkit includes a text that tackles an importantaspect of American life and encourages community dialogue.
should last between 60 and 90 minutes withoutinterruption. Discussions should be guided by a facilitator and focused on the textand the theme.Hold your conversation in a room where a group of 10-30 participants can hear eachother clearly. Use the tips sheets for host sites and facilitators included in this toolkitfor ideas about how to encourage everyone to participate in the discussion.
A good facilitator is the key to making a
successful. Thefacilitator should be someone in your community who enjoys working with people, isinterested in what others have to say, and believes in the merit of conversation-based programs. The facilitator does
need to be someone with an advanceddegree in the humanities, but rather someone who has some experience leading open conversations and who is enthusiastic about learning how to facilitate. Weencourage all prospective facilitators to attend one of the Council’s free facilitationwebinars* to learn more about best practices for guiding successful and meaningfuldiscussions.
*Facilitators at featured sites must attend a facilitation webinar.
“The New Colossus” by Emma Lazarus and Anonymous Poem from AngelIsland Immigration StationDiscussion Questions for “The New Colossus” and Anonymous Poem
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provides an opportunity for people to come together forthoughtful discussion and dialogue about their shared values as Americans—past,present, and future. Focused on central themes in American life such as service, freedomand democracy,
allows New Yorkers to join in discussions thatoffer an alternative to received wisdom and provide the chance to take part in a sharednational dialogue.
From New Netherland to New York, immigrants from every part of the world have madetheir home in our state.
invites New Yorkers to explore ourshared history as immigrants and the descendants of immigrants, and to discuss theways that immigration continues to shape the experience of being American today. Eachconversation uses a short text as a starting point for discussions about culturalunderstanding and our roles as active citizens in a diverse and democratic society.
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