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How do we retain Arizona's young talent?

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Sparked by the Center for the Future of Arizona's The Arizona We Want 2.0 report, The Manifesto Project is asking the question: How does Arizona retain its young leaders?

Through three open-ended questions, The Manifesto Project will capture the voice of a generation of young adults in Arizona.

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The Arizona We Want

The Arizona We Want sets a clear goal for the state: "Make Arizona 'the place to be' for talented young people." As a next step for the state, young people must help create the cities and towns that they want to live in. That's where The Manifesto Project comes in.

A statewide initiative

To capture the authentic voice, dreams and vision of a generation of young leaders, we need a statewide initiative. Young leaders from more than 50 cities and towns from across Arizona will host Manifesto events in their communities between April 9 and December 15, 2013.

Probing questions

The Manifesto Project will ask three probing questions about what young leaders desire for the state.
Description: Our generation is ___.
Ideal: I would stay in Arizona forever if ___.
Action: I will lead the change I want to see by ___.

Manifesto events

At Manifesto events, we invite young leaders to submit and vote on responses to the open-ended questions. The top responses from each event form its Manifesto and are aggregated to create the statewide Manifesto, to be released in early 2014.



What would make you stay
in Arizona forever?



The Manifesto Project is based on measurable, attainable goals that will have a transformative impact on the state of Arizona.

The overarching goal of the project is to capture the authentic voice, dreams and vision of a generation of young leaders. Through this process, we will create a cohesive network of talented young leaders throughout the state.

Manifesto events in cities and towns across the state

New young leaders serving on boards by January 1, 2014

Followers on Facebook and Twitter to build our network




Manifesto events will be held between April 9 and December 15, 2013. During this time period, leaders throughout the state will report the results of their events, and the results will be aggregated here.

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“Invite them

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Manifesto events will be held between April 9 and December 15, 2013. If you're interested in reading about the movement, browse articles below.

Media inquiries can be sent to:

Seed Spot announces new venture companies

"Seed Spot, a nonprofit Phoenix incubator supporting early-stage social entrepreneurs, announced its new group of ventures Thursday at The Duce in downtown Phoenix." MORE »

Retaining Young Leaders for a Stronger Arizona

"How can Arizona retain its young leaders? This overarching question is the topic of conversations at events being held in more than 50 towns and cities across the state as part of the Manifesto Project." MORE »

Project aims to reach out to young leaders before December deadline

"Students at the Polytechnic campus will have the opportunity to participate in a grass-roots effort to retain young leaders in Arizona next Monday at 4 p.m." MORE »

Manifesto Project aims to unite young leaders

"Three sticky notes. A sheet of garage sale price stickers. A room full of young leaders. The concept is simple, but the Manifesto Project’s goal is much more far-reaching." MORE »

Marana participating in Manifesto Project

"Wanting to give voice to the younger generation, the Town of Marana has agreed to participate in The Manifesto Project, a program aimed at recruiting young leaders in Arizona who want to take action in helping improve the state." MORE »

Manifesto Project aims to involve the young

"In an effort to cultivate fresh voices and ideas, Marana is joining the Manifesto Project, a statewide effort to involve young people in local and state government. It all starts with a one-night event." MORE »

Manifesto Project's goal: Get young leaders involved in community

"A grass-roots initiative is reaching out to young leaders in Arizona with the hope that giving them a voice will keep them in the state. The Manifesto Project is conducting seminars throughout the state ... to brainstorm about what young people want from their communities and to help them get involved." MORE »

Young Arizona leaders pushing 'Manifesto Project' to help transform state

"Young leaders interested in making positive changes in the state, becoming involved in boards and organizations and getting their voices heard by the older generation converged upon SeedSpot Tuesday night to attend the first grassroots Manifesto Project meeting." MORE »

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Where will you serve?


The Manifesto Project would not be possible without the support of the following partners and sponsors.

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We value your feedback

The Manifesto Project is a collaborative effort, from its inception to its execution. Any and all feedback on the project is a welcome and important part of the process.

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