HYANNIS, Ma. – Ahead of the upcoming mid-term elections, the John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum is teaming up with the Cape Cod Young Professionals and the Cape Cod Media Group to host a Candidates’ Forum on Friday September 21, for high school students from across the Cape & Islands.
The forum, which will be held from 8:45 to 11:30 am in the Knight Auditorium at Barnstable High School, aims to cultivate civic engagement among the 200 high school juniors and seniors representing 12 Cape and Islands High Schools invited to participate.
After a welcome by Barnstable Schools Superintendent Meg Mayo-Brown and JFK Hyannis Museum Board Chairman Peter Ubertaccio, students will be treated to a key note address by United States Congresswoman Niki Tsongas.
That will be followed by moderated breakout sessions organized by voter districts, giving students a chance to hear from and question the state legislator who represents that district. Following the state representative breakout sessions, the students will reconvene for a question and answer forum with the State Senate candidates running for election this November.
“This is an outstanding educational opportunity to enhance a deeper understanding of the integral role individual civic engagement plays in the election process,” said JFK Hyannis Museum President John Allen. “We want to create an opportunity for our young people on the cusp of voting for the first time to get excited about the upcoming election while providing a way for them to increase their understanding on issues that are important to them.”
Allen credited the Museum’s Education Director Emily Mezzetti for taking the lead in coordinating the Candidates’ Forum and the Museum’s many other educational and civic engagement offerings.
“We are fortunate to have someone with Emily’s educational and leadership background with a passion for engaging young minds. Whether it’s lessons she has put together around Constitution Day, our Youth Ambassadorship Committee, organizing our annual Scholarship Essay Contest or Camp Kennedy, Emily is always looking for ways to work with school districts across the Cape to help foster civic engagement among our youth. It is work that is important,” Allen said.