"If you know how to network, you can do anything"

As the youngest representative on her neighborhood planning council, University of Minnesota freshman Annie Heideman saw an opportunity to connect the organizing she was learning about in class (Community Organizing Skills for Public Action) with her vision of greater participation by young people in local policy-making.

She and fellow students Nora O'Hara and Lauren Nikkola researched other efforts to engage young people, including the one-year-old Youth Commission convened by the mayor's office in St. Paul, Minnesota (see Second Shift Initiative).

They then made a formal presentation to the Summit-University Planning Council for a plan based on the Public Achievement organizing model, and were surprised with the response they received.

Listen to Annie and Nora talk about their work and what they've learned. They also welcome inquiries at or

Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs