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What Now: Empowering Youth With Three Exciting Town Hall Events

Providence Community Library is proud to present a series of  teen-led, town hall- style panels about turning passion into civic action in Rhode Island. Each virtual panel is moderated by students who are PVD Young Maker interns and encourage interaction from audience members; bring questions!

What Now: Health Equity, March 30 1:30 PM
Join the conversation about how teens can turn their passion around health equity into real change in Rhode Island. Led by Classical High Schooler, Deb Adekunle, the panel includes Young Voices program manager Andrea Gonzalez & RI State Representative David Morales to talk about how to get involved in state action around Medicare for All, health and medical services access, and reproductive health equity.

What Now: Climate Justice, Tuesday, April 6 1:30 PM
MET School student Brandon Feliz will be in conversation with RI State Senator, Sam Bell, and Arden Reynolds from the Sunrise Movement, to talk about how to get involved in state action around climate justice.

What Now: Education Reform, Tuesday, April 13 Tuesday, 1:30 PM
East Providence High School student Dakota Watjen, Deb Adekunle of Classical High School and Brandon Feliz of the MET School will be talking to Tiara Mack, RI State Senator about how to get involved in state action around reform within the education system, including removal of School Resource Officers(SROs), curriculum reform and the Student Bill of Rights.

To attend a town hall, click on the title to connect to an Eventbrite page where you can register; you will receive a zoom link by email. 

The What Now project is hosted by the Providence Community Library in collaboration with local schools, student groups and participating state representatives. The virtual town halls are open to the public and the primary intended audience is Rhode Island teens. If you are an educator who would like to encourage your students to attend as a group, please contact Amy Vanderweele .

This project is supported by the XIX: Shall Not Be Denied: Why It Matters initiative of the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, part of the nationwide “Why it Matters: Civic and Electoral Participation” initiative, administered by the Federation of State Humanities Councils and funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. To learn more, visit