THIS IS OUR MOMENT.
Like never before, YEO Network members are the face of progressive change in their local communities and on the national stage. Our nearly 14 years of work to build a bench of progressive leadership is paying off and our network is on pace to be a central figure in the progressive space for years to come.
We've come a long way since a few dozen elected leaders gathered in Washington, D.C. for our first convening in 2005. Not only have our numbers grown to over 1,300 young elected leaders from all 50 states, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the District of Columbia, but our sphere of influence now reaches to city halls, county seats and state houses across the country and the halls of both the United States House and Senate.
This is our moment in every way. Convening 2019 in Miami is about how we seize it for our members, our communities and our shared progressive values.
ABOUT NATIONAL CONVENING
The annual YEO Network National Convening provides YEOs with an opportunity to grow as public servants through workshops and trainings designed specifically for young leaders in their positions. This unique conference serves to nurture and support YEOs as innovative thinkers, young leaders, and elected officials.
Members of the YEO Network spend three days sharing policy ideas, connecting with strategic partners, gaining valuable skills and leadership training, and networking with the most innovative young leaders in our country.
RESOURCES & MATERIALS
We are packing our schedule with amazing opportunities that will allow members to engage with the nation's leading experts on issues impacting our communities and that will immerse our members in the Miami experience. You don't want to miss out on this weekend.
2019 Leadership Awards
A 25 minute drive from Miami International Airport (MIA), our host hotel in downtown Miami positions you steps away from world-renowned museums and entertainment, fine dining and shopping, local business and the city’s financial district, and the Port of Miami. The Intercontinental lies along the downtown waterfront, with the city’s business centers and famous beaches both within easy reach.
Barbara Jordan, co-founder of People For the American Way Foundation, was a true visionary and public servant. Serving as the first African-American woman in the Texas State Legislature, and the first African-American US Congresswoman from the Deep South, she championed voting rights and the causes of the poor, the disadvantaged, and people of color. While serving on the Judiciary Committee during the Watergate hearings, she rose to national prominence with her impassioned speeches about the Constitution, stating, “My faith in the Constitution is whole, it is complete, it is total.”
This award honors Congresswoman Jordan’s dedication to public service and our country by recognizing an outstanding young elected official who is following in her footsteps. The Barbara Jordan Leadership Award will be given to a young elected official who has shown dedication and support to the YEO Network and has a distinguished record of public service to their community and the progressive movement at large.