TODAY: NC Teen Democrats Host 50th Annual Political Summit

Teen Democrats Hold 50th Annual Convention in Browns Summit

Raleigh, May 25, 2013: The North Carolina Association of Teen Democrats will hold their 50th Annual Convention at Haw River State Park, accompanied by the first annual North Carolina Youth Political Summit. Groups from Asheville to Nags Head will be coming to hear from prominent political leaders as well as to elect officers of the state-wide organization.

The event begins on Friday, May 31 at 6 PM with dinner and orientation to acquaint new and old members from across North Carolina. Saturday morning, North Carolina Representatives Marcus Brandon and Pricey Harrison will conduct an open forum. This leads into a reception open to the public at 11:00 AM with College Democrats of America President Tori Taylor, Greensboro City Council Candidate Jamal Fox, and former US Senate Candidate Jim Neal speaking on the many achievements of the Teen Democrats.

After the election of officers at noon there are three breakout sessions concerning the real work in a campaign. Senator Gene McLaurin will speak on being a first time candidate, Kay Hagan finance director Brice Barnes will discuss the process of fundraising and Creative Loafing contributing writer Mike Cooper will show students how to find that one juicy story. The Political Summit ends with a live broadcast by Jeanne Bonds’ Plain Talk Politics online and at WAUG 750 AM.

“We are the official teenage outreach auxiliary of the North Carolina Democratic Party,” says NC Teen Democrats President Dylan Frick, “and we welcome all middle school and high school students who are interested in learning more about the political process.” The reception on Saturday is open to the public, and the entire Political Summit is free to all teenagers. For more information you can find the NC Teen Democrats on Facebook, or go to


So sorry to miss this

Somehow the event escaped my notice ... probably because I'm an old man and out of the loop.

You guys and gals are the undeniable future of the Democratic Party, and I encourage you to strike your own path forward outside the constraints of conventional wisdom.

Actually, I was able to attend

and will have a post up about it later today.

Teaser: It was an awesome meeting ... and it gave me hope about the future of our state for the first time in a long time.