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September 19th, 2017 Back to Browse Stories

On the Table is a new Community Foundation investment in the future of young people. The Foundation is encouraging residents from across the region to pause from their daily activities to gather in small groups to share a meal and discuss how to create vibrant communities in which all youth are able to thrive. On October 4, we invite everyone to join the conversation. The Community Foundation, in partnership with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, is sponsoring this region-wide community engagement initiative.

The act of people coming together to discuss the issues that matter the most to them has never been more important. On the Table connects individuals and communities of diverse perspectives and backgrounds to do just that. On the Table will inspire new ways to work together to make our communities stronger for young people across the region.

The Community Foundation’s goal is to identify and highlight ideas emerging from the conversations to inspire collaboration and action and to drive progress across the region. After the conversations, On the Table participants will be invited to complete an anonymous online survey regarding the topics discussed at their respective tables. Through those surveys, we will learn what it will take to make southeast Michigan a better place for youth to thrive. A comprehensive report highlighting the ideas, themes, and outcomes from the October conversations will be made available in early 2018.

The Community Foundation invites everyone to host an On the Table conversation at their home, place of business, or anywhere a small group of people can gather. No matter where one lives, no matter their age or background, everyone who is interested can participate. There is no need for any prior experience to host a discussion.

Hosting is easy and resources are available online.

Join us for an exciting day of conversation across the region.

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This article appeared in the September 2017 Community Foundation Report.