Youth Government Day 2018
The State of the News, Media, and Democracy

Tuesday, April 17, 2018  •  8:45 am – 2:00 pm  •  Goodwin Hall Auditorium


Attention: High School Teachers

You and your students are invited to join White House correspondent and CNN analyst April Ryan and a panel of experts as they discuss the current state of news, the media, and democracy in the U.S. at Youth Government Day 2018.*

To register for the conference, email

Participation is free, but limited to 600 students. Complimentary continental breakfast and buffet lunch will be provided.

For more information about Youth Government Day, call (630) 829-6049.
April Ryan

Keynote address by April Ryan, the White House reporter for American Urban Radio Networks and a CNN political analyst.

Ryan has a unique vantage point as the only black female reporter covering urban issues from the White House, a position she has held since the Clinton era. She is the author of the award-winning books The Presidency in Black and White and At Mama's Knee: Mothers and Race in Black and White. Ryan's latest book, Under Fire: Reporting from the Front Lines of the Trump White House, will be published in September 2018.


*Sponsored by Benedictine University’s Center for Civic Leadership, a nonpartisan, nonprofit institution aimed at improving civic engagement, leadership and education in Illinois. The Youth Government Day conference advances these goals by exposing high school students to the challenges facing Illinois and the United States in the 21st century.

Youth Government Day

“The CCL is doing vital work in Illinois. Illinoisans of all ages must learn to be active and engaged citizens who monitor the efforts of the elected officials who work for us, day in and day out. Reboot Illinois joins the CCL in the commitment to seeding and spreading that message in order to grow an improved Illinois.”

– Madeleine Doubek
publisher, Reboot Illinois LLC

About Youth Government Day Conferences

Every spring, the Youth Government Day Conference sponsored by the Center for Civic Leadership (CCL) provides an opportunity for high school teachers to engage their students on pressing topics of local, state and national concern with panel discussions by high-profile political figures and other experts. The event is free to teachers and students.

Each conference focuses on a specific topic or theme, which allows students to learn through interactive hands-on simulations and engage in discussion with expert panelists on a variety of key issues.

To learn more about Youth Government Day, connect with us.

Past Youth Government Day topics have included
  • Domestic violence
  • Corruption and mismanagement in the state of Illinois
  • The Affordable Care Act and health care reform
  • Criminal justice reform
  • Grassroots political mobilization and protest politics
  • Terror threats and government crisis response
  • The economic challenges of living below the poverty line
  • National security and global terrorism

The Center for Civic Leadership

For more information, contact or (630) 829-6460.