Erie, Pa. – U.S. Senator Pat Toomey's office, in conjunction with Gannon University and Erie Together, will host the fifth annual Youth Civic Engagement Symposium in recognition of Constitution Day. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s symposium will be held virtually. This year’s virtual symposium will consist of five pre-recorded panels to help high school students better understand the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of the federal, state, and local government.

Pre-recorded panelist videos were provided to all participants. Students are invited to join a live video chat with panelists on Wednesday, September 30th at 11:30. During the virtual chat, students will have the opportunity to ask questions.

“For five years, my office has partnered with Gannon University and Erie Together to put on a terrific event designed to boost civic engagement among young people in Erie County," said Senator Toomey. "I have no doubt that this year's Youth Civic Engagement Symposium will offer an educational and enjoyable program that will provide students with a firsthand look at how government works at all levels."

Media wishing to join this year’s symposium should click here.

Speakers at this year's symposium will include:

Welcoming Remarks

Pat Toomey – U.S. Senator for Pennsylvania

Dr. Keith Taylor – President, Gannon University

Joe Schember – Mayor, City of Erie

Dan Laughlin – PA State Senator

Gannon University Constitution Day Skit

Dr. Jeff Bloodworth – Professor, Gannon University

Peter Agresti – Professor, Gannon University

Local Government

Dean Pepicello – Supervisor, Harborcreek Township

Sergeant Tom Lenox – City of Erie Police Department

Pat Gehrlein – Manager, North East Borough

Brenda Sandberg – Executive Director, Erie-Western PA Port Authority

County Government

Kim Clear – Councilperson, Erie County

Kathy Dahlkemper – Erie County Executive

Melissa Lyon – Director, Department of Health

Doug Smith – Chief Clerk, Erie County

State Government

Matt Greene – Park Operations Manager, Presque Isle

Janet Anderson – Executive Director, NWPA Job Connect

Bob Merski – PA State Representative

Brian McNulty – District Executive, NWPA PennDot

Federal Government

Mike Kelly – U.S. Congressman

Todd Carlson – Inspector in the Management Directorate, Department of Homeland Security Federal Protective Service

Judge Richard Lanzillo – Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court

Captain Lexia Littlejohn – U.S. Coast Guard