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Engage NFK Encourages and Celebrates Community Activism

February 12, 2018660Views

For a second year running, Engage Norfolk held a successful one day event championing civic engagement. We stopped in to take a look.

At best estimate, roughly a thousand citizens came through to get informed on issues, meet candidates running for offices from school board to congressperson, and participate in workshops to learn how to more effectively advocate for causes they feel passionate about.

You can learn more about the event and its participants at

Candidates for office were organized in a hallway adjacent to the main arena.

Norfolk's Open Data Project is working to make municipal more accessible and digestible by the public.

I observed these young future leaders studiously checking out many of the organizations in attendance.

There were many competing photojournalists on site to document the event.

The event drew large numbers of young people who seem driven to change things for the better.

Courtney Doyle is hoping to transition from the School Board to a seat on Norfolk's City Council.

Nate Kinnison, a current teacher in Virginia Beach, and lifelong resident of Norfolk, has announced his candidacy for his hometown's School Board.

Current member Tanya Bhasin faces her first election this year as the city fully transitions to an elected School Board.

Brittany Shearer is another candidate for Norfolk's School Board. There is a wide field that also includes previous appointee to City Council, Nicole Carry.

Really? Cursive handwriting? That's what we should be concerned about?

A delegation of writers hold court for the Muse.

From the Virginia 89th, Jerrauld “Jay” Jones chats with a constituent.

Outside, a canvasser gather petitions.

Citizen Canine

A rising photographer takes the air.

Garry Hubbard, a hopeful for the Democratic nomination to take down Scott Taylor, spent the day gathering signatures to run.

Information books for every neighborhood association were made available to visitors.

Norfolk Councilwoman Andria McClellan expresses her love of the media before going on air to talk about the conference. McClellan was instrumental in holding the event as both a sponsor and a leader.

Words and pictures by Jeff Hewitt