Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Who is hosting and sponsoring the White House Young America Series at the University of Detroit Mercy?
  2. What should I expect by participating? What will my experience be like?
  3. What is the “Open Space” process?
  4. Who was invited to participate?

1. Who is hosting and sponsoring the White House Young America Series at the University of Detroit Mercy?

The White House Office of Public Engagement has asked the University of Detroit Mercy to help them host a White House Young America Series at UDM. The UDM Institute for Leadership and Service is honored to help support the President’s Liaison to Young Americans and Associate Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement Ronnie Cho on his “Young America Series,” which is produced in partnership with the U.S. Department of Education and the Millennium Momentum Foundation, Inc.

2. What should I expect by participating? What will my experience be like?

Young Americans will be invited to speak up on issues that are important to them and convene with Detroit’s most innovative, entrepreneurial and inspiring young people, who are currently addressing the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. Participants will be invited to identify the issues affecting young people in Detroit, highlight examples of how youth leaders are addressing problems in their communities and articulate a shared vision of the future.

Participants will connect with other attendees and White House Administration officials to share specific tools to amplify and leverage community solutions. Email lists (based on the issues raised during the conversation) will be created at the end of the event and participants will be encouraged to follow‐up and coordinate next steps with those interested in working on similar issues.

3. What is the “Open Space” process?

Open Space Process

The best way to describe the “Open Space” process is a daylong “coffee break” where participants will create the agenda and work together. Each participant will be able to propose and co‐lead all the conversations they want to have with those participants interested in the same issues for as long as they desire‐‐no lectures, no conference tracks, no speakers, no time limits, no predetermined set of issues, only those issues that matter most to them. Read More >

4. Who is invited to participate?

Young leaders between the ages of 16-30 are encouraged to participate. The event is free and open to the public.

The event is free of charge, but pre-event registration is required because space is limited. For more information, please contact Colleen Moore at moorec@udmercy.edu or 313-993-1047.