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Getting Involved

Youth empowerment symposium highlights area non-profits.

— On Wednesday, June 27, Arlington residents are invited to join the Empowering Arlington Youth symposium, a panel discussion of youth-centered, non-profit organizations.

The symposium will be held at Marymount University’s Ballston campus, and offers a chance to learn about local organizations that directly impact Arlington youth in positive ways.

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The Empowering Arlington Youth symposium will be held on Wednesday, June 27, from 7:30 –9 p.m. at the Marymount University Ballston campus, 1000 N. Glebe Road. Organizations slated to serve on the panel include the Arlington YMCA, BU-GATA’s Buckingham Youth Brigade, Phoenix Bikes and the Reading Connection. For more information visit the GiveArlington Facebook page.

“The symposium is a chance for Arlington residents to learn how to get involved in youth empowerment, to look at what’s out there and available,” said Kelly Corbally, a spokeswoman GiveArlington, which is co-hosting the event.

Some of the featured non-profits focus on teaching skills, such as how to repair a bike, while others highlight leadership development. Phoenix Bikes, Reading Connection, BU-GATA’s Buckingham Youth Brigade as well as the Arlington YMCA are slated to be among the panel participants.

Liz Nohra, a spokeswoman with Leadership Arlington and the symposium’s co-host, notes the benefits of community participation at any age. “We promote connecting to the community at all levels and across all sectors- public, private and non-profit,” said Nohra. “We have classes for young professionals to further develop as community leaders; people will be able to learn more about our organization at the symposium.”

Kelly Corbally, a spokeswoman for GiveArlington:

“The symposium is a chance for Arlington residents to learn how to get involved in youth empowerment, to look at what’s out there and available.”

Organizers point out the opportunities for networking and information sharing at the event, which they maintain further develops community participation. The emphasis of young professionals working together is a core interest of GiveArlington, a group that aims to contribute to charitable organizations through membership fundraising.

“When young professionals give their money individually, it often doesn’t have as big an impact,” said Corbally. “You can do so much more for an organization when many people contribute, and with other young people working together we can have a lot of fun doing it as well.”