The youth are the future of this nation. Understanding the importance that today’s youth play in the success of a push for a green collar economy, several organizations have joined forces to help organize Power Shift 2009. The conference begins on Friday, Feb. 27 and concludes on Monday, March 2.

More than 10,000 youth leaders are expected to attend this event, which is held in Washington, D.C. After several days of breakout sessions and workshops, the conference attendees will head to Congress on March 2.

Some of the most respected names in politics as well as the environmental movement will be speaking at the event including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson and TIME Magazine’s 2008 Environmental Hero, Van Jones.

In addition to the workshops and trip to Congress, Power Shift 2009 will also feature a career fair, a graduate school fair and an opportunities fair. Prospective graduate students can meet with representatives of grad schools from around the nation. The opportunities fair will allow conference attendees to learn about organizations with which they can volunteer.

While the graduate school and opportunities fair are only open to conference attendees, the career fair is “open to the D.C. community at large, but Power Shift 2009 participants, in particular, are encouraged to attend. In addition to approximately 75 nonprofit organizations, there will be several private companies with commendable missions such as clean energy companies and nonprofit focused staffing agencies.” (Source: Power Shift 09)

I am on the opposite end of the country from this event, but I am excited to see what comes of it. With the new administration, the efforts of those who attend Power Shift 2009 could now make a major difference in our pursuit of a green collar economy.

Power Shift 2009 youth conference
Power Shift 2009 will gather youth leaders to discuss green jobs and other environmental issues.