Summer in the Commons


Engaging Tomorrow’s Leaders Today

The vision for our state and the answers to our most complex challenges must come from North Carolina’s citizens. Who better to help us tackle these challenges than our state’s future leaders?

Starting June 6, and continuing throughout the summer, the Institute for Emerging Issues (IEI) will be offering age-appropriate programming for youth and young adults, third grade through early college. The Summer in the Commons program, in its second year, offers age-based curriculum and activities correlated with civic engagement and future jobs platforms. Provided with data and resources from across the state, student groups will use interactive touch screens to explore the big issues facing our state, while sharing their ideas for how to best tackle the challenges in their communities.

LGFCU_2C_logo-500pxThe Institute for Emerging Issues invites you to sign up for one of our many free, engaging, and educational activities designed to inspire our state and nation’s future leaders. IEI brings this summer enrichment program to you in the James B. Hunt Jr., Library, located on North Carolina State University’s Centennial Campus. We gratefully acknowledge our sponsor, the Local Government Federal Credit Union, whose continued generous support makes Summer in the Commons possible.

Students! Enter Our Weekly Social Media Competition

Additionally, this year’s program will engage students beyond their experience at the Hunt Library, inviting them to participate in our weekly virtual competitions focused on exploring the technological and demographic changes in our state and how they will impact their career choices. Click here for the full details!

Follow us on Twitter (@emergingissues@IEIambassadors) and Instagram (@emergingissues) using #SIC2016 to learn more about our “My Dream Job” challenge (#MyDreamJobNC)!

As you plan summer activities, consider adding Summer in the Commons to your agenda. To schedule your group’s free visit to Summer in the Commons, complete a request form hereFor additional information contact R. Simone Collman at 919-513-7039 or

James B. Hunt Jr. Library is located at:
1070 Partners Way
Campus Box 7406
Raleigh, NC 27695
For driving directions to the Hunt Library, go to:

Directions to Hunt Library

For more information about the Hunt Library, go to:

The James B. Hunt Jr. Library

Coming Soon!

Unable to visit the Hunt Library but still interested in this young engagement activity? Check back as we develop our unfacilitated mobile tours!