Representative Jay Kaufman’s award winning public policy forum, “OPEN HOUSE”, opts for the youth angle with a forum on how young people are shaped for public participation and community involvement. The forum, “Young Today, Lead Tomorrow: A Conversation with Young Citizens” is the ninth of the 17th season, and will be held on Thursday, May 17th, from 7:00PM-8:30PM at the Historic Depot in Lexington Center (13 Depot Square in Lexington Center).

The media and pundits often question why young people do not vote or get involved in political or civic life. This month, “Open House” puts this question directly to our young people. What are your thoughts on politics, policy, and government? Are you involved? If no, why not? If yes, how? What are your impressions of our political system? How has social media affected your involvement or sources of news and information? Do those in state and local government do enough to engage you? Come join the discussion on Thursday, May 17th at the Lexington Historic Depot Building. We’ll offer free pizza at 6:30PM, with the forum beginning at 7:00PM.

Upon taking office in 1995, Rep. Kaufman sought to provide a vehicle for regularly engaging constituents in discussions of the challenges and opportunities facing our community and Commonwealth. Now in its seventeenth year, OPEN HOUSE, Rep. Kaufman’s public policy series, has addressed issues ranging from reinventing public education to gay marriage, property tax relief to campaign finance reform, the shrinking middle class to stem cell research, the nature of political leadership to the challenges of effecting fundamental change in a democracy.

In 1997, OPEN HOUSE was awarded the prestigious Beacon Award, cable television’s equivalent of an Emmy, as the nation’s best government relations series. The series was also named the best television series by Massachusetts Cable Television Commission. The OPEN HOUSE series is produced through a partnership between Representative Kaufman and LexMedia which records the forums for broadcast in Lexington, Arlington, and Woburn.