Knight puts Millennials “On Board”

You might have noticed we’ve been talking a lot about Millennial underrepresentation in local government in metro Detroit. Now we’re ready to take action, with our latest project: On Board.

This morning the Knight Foundation announced the winners of the News Challenge: Open Gov competition. We’re proud to share that the Millennial Mayors Congress was awarded a $50,000 Prototype Fund grant to diversify local boards, committees and commissions. What are we going to do with it? Here’s part of our pitch to Knight:

We still have a lot of work to do to shape the pilot phase of On Board, but our hope is that we’ll make it easier for cities to provide information about serving, post open positions and communicate with interested residents. Millennials, for their part, will benefit from easy access to information and a streamlined way to get involved with their communities.

This past Saturday, the Millennial Mayors Congress passed a protocol that aims to increase the number of young people on local boards and commissions from 6% to 10% by 2016. (We’ll have more details about the meeting and the protocol in a blog post later this week.) The Knight Prototype Fund grant will support the protocol by helping us bring opportunity online, meeting Millennials in digital spaces and modernizing the application and appointment process.

We can’t wait to dive in to this project and look forward to sharing more with you as we go. For now, keep up with Emily at this week’s MIT-Knight Civic Media Conference by following the Millennial Mayors Congress on Twitter.




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