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#ELGLInspire

#ELGLInspire is a unique program that inspires students to pursue local government careers during a half-day learning opportunity, hosted for students with partner organizations.

In the Fall 2020 school year, #ELGLInspire events will be conducted virtually using interactive online software.

You can read more about on campus #ELGLInspire events here.

Bring #ELGLInspire to Your State

Hosting an #ELGLInspire event starts with an application process. To host a Fall 2020 #ELGLInspire event, please complete the below application by August 10, 2020.

All applications will be considered, with priority given to: historically Black colleges and universities; community and technical colleges and high schools; states or campuses that have not yet hosted an #ELGLInspire event.

Each #ELGLInspire event costs $1,000. This amount covers the full cost of the online engagement platform and ELGL planning costs.

We seek both a university and a local government contact for #ELGLInspire events, to ensure that both the school and the local government are prepared to help with marketing, outreach, planning, and logistics.

Because 2020 events will be virtual, schools are encouraged to partner with other colleges, universities, community colleges, and high schools in the area to engage more students in the online program.

Please email Kirsten Wyatt if you have any questions about the #ELGLInspire application.


Please complete this form to host an #ELGLInspire event at your school:

Sample Event Agenda:

This is a sample agenda. We will work with each #ELGLInspire location on dates, times, timing, and speaker selection.


Noon - Arrive, check in, catered lunch

12:15 - Welcome from ELGL & Sponsor Organizations

12:30 - Quick Fire Presentations From Local Government Practitioners

These are fast-paced, four minute presentations about the challenges and opportunities in each sector of local government.  Topics include: environmental services, finance, fire/EMS, innovation, libraries, planning, recreation & parks, elected leadership, management, public safety.

1:30 - Small Conversations With Local Government Practitioners

We'll use online breakout rooms for students to learn from the Quick Fire practitioners in a small group setting. Students can join new breakout rooms to meet with new contacts.

2:30 - What’s Next? Pursuing A Local Government Job or Graduate Degree

This moderated session includes panelist discussions on career paths, as well as the chance for audience questions. Sample panelists include younger career local government practitioners, MPA program representatives, and sponsor organization representatives.:

3:30 - Close & Networking

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