Hudacs writes op-ed for BDN about engaging youth

Andrew Hudacs, assistant extension professor for 4-H teen leadership and workforce development at University of Maine Cooperative Extension, wrote an opinion piece for the Bangor Daily News about the importance of engaging youth in order to prepare for a better future. “Bringing youth voices to the table is not about giving up power, adding risk to high-stakes decision making or inviting distractions from an agenda. Rather, it is about being better informed in important conversations that impact public resources and plan for the future. Under-representation in civic life can easily lead to marginalization, oppression and apathy. Our communities and world become more just and equitable when all people have an opportunity to be involved,” Hudacs wrote. Hudacs is part of the Maine chapter of the Scholars Strategy Network, which brings together scholars across the country to address public challenges and their policy implications. Members’ columns appear in the BDN every other week. The Piscataquis Observer shared the BDN column.