Dr. Jillian Moroney and Ashley Orme Nichols
The City of Boise is working to increase outreach and engagement among populations that it traditionally does not see showing up to community meetings or engaging through other outreach methods. One population that the City has identified as a missing voice, is people between the ages of 18 and 24, including BSU students. This is problematic because many issues students face - issues including housing, transportation, and food security - all topics of conversations happening at the city level. Staff from the City of Boise and BSU Urban Studies students are working together to create a toolkit composed of seven methods for engaging the ages of 18-24. Methods discussed will include live streaming, education, after hours social programing, surveys, video gaming, digital decision making, and participatory mapping. These methods focus on identifying engagement opportunities that target college students in order to increase participation and input from this population so the City can better understand the unique situations, perspectives, and preferences of this population.
Byrd, Michael; Exton, Doug; Hayes-Fugal, Seth; Hurlburt, Ryan; Veal, Hanna; Wright, Katie; Moroney, Jillian; and Orme Nichols, Ashley, "Increasing Citizen Participation: A Toolkit for the City of Boise to Engage Young Adults" (2020). 2020 Undergraduate Research Showcase. 22.