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SPECIAL: Generation Listen KC Forum On Civic Engagement

Generation Listen KC is an initiative from  KCUR to engage with young public radio listeners in the KC region. As part of its Forward Promote series, Generation Listen KC invited Up to Date's Steve Kraske to moderate a forum on civic engagement for millennials.

Recorded live Tuesday evening at The Diastole Scholars Center, the panel discussion covered what civic engagement looks like for young people today, how four millennial movers and shakers have utilized technology to yield results, and tips and techniques for inspiring peers to get involved.


  • Wick Thomas, teen services specialist at the Kansas City Public Library and LGBT activist.
  • Sarah Jones, campaign manager for city councilman Quinton Lucas.
  • Laura Isabel Alvarez, Bilingual Program Director for H&R Block .
  • Brandon Kenig, Shawnee City Councilman.
When I host Up To Date each morning at 9, my aim is to engage the community in conversations about the Kansas City area’s challenges, hopes and opportunities. I try to ask the questions that listeners want answered about the day’s most pressing issues and provide a place for residents to engage directly with newsmakers. Reach me at steve@kcur.org or on Twitter @stevekraske.
Slow news days are a thing of the past. As KCUR’s news director, I want to cut through the noise, provide context to the headlines, and give you news you can use in your daily life – information that will empower you to make informed decisions about your neighborhood, your city and the region. Email me at lisa@kcur.org or follow me on Twitter @larodrig.