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Hey, kids, let’s make a city! UWT, Children’s Museum host 2nd ‘youngest citizens’ forum

Author Alfie Kohn was one of the keynote speakers last year at the “Symposium on Our Youngest Citizens: Building a Child-Centered Community” at the University of Washington-Tacoma.
Author Alfie Kohn was one of the keynote speakers last year at the “Symposium on Our Youngest Citizens: Building a Child-Centered Community” at the University of Washington-Tacoma. Staff photographer

The University of Washington Tacoma and the Children’s Museum of Tacoma will present the second year of Tacoma’s “Symposium on our Youngest Citizens.”

This year’s theme is “childhood as a community value.” For several hours, community members will work on ideas for making childhood a priority in the community. The symposium began last year with the goal of changing how city leaders think about children. Hundreds attended for brainstorming sessions and various guest speakers whose goal was to shake things up.

Admission is by donation, and registration is required. Go to playtacoma.org and click on the box for the symposium at the top of the page.

It will be held Sept. 24, from 8 a.m.-noon at the Hotel Murano Bicentennial Pavilion, 1320 Broadway.

This year’s “lightning talks” will be given by David Fischer, executive director of the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts; Jennifer Farrington, president and CEO of the Chicago Children’s Museum; and Pig Snout, a Tacoma-based family band that, according to its website, is made up of “Dahlia, age 7, Lucien, age 10, and Justin/Dad, age old.”

Keynote speakers will be Ali Modarres, director of urban studies at the UWT, and Clay Roberts, whose company is “dedicated to the development of healthy, contributing young people.” Roberts, among his many roles, once was a health teacher at Tacoma’s Jason Lee Middle School.

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