These Dialogue Guides from the Public Conversations Project are designed to help diverse groups discuss issues by walking you through the process of facilitating a discussion.
Do you have any interesting ideas for your community or have an opinion about a public issue? If so, then check this site out.
Another good example of students showcasing their ideas to adults. Through the Tech-Know-Build program, students have made presentations to community leaders, using laptops, to find ways of improving their community. (Crawfordsville Journal Review)
The staff and students at Eagan High School and Woodbury High School are joining with the Minnesota Association of Teacher Educators (MNATE) to stage a mini-conference, "Fostering Meaningful Communication with Teenagers: Establishing Optimal Relationships with the Millennial Generation." (Mendota Heights Sun Current)
This guide from the Public Education Network describes how community officials can take the initiative to make changes in their local public education programs. See especially the chapter on Youth Engagement chapter.
Here's a great example of students working together with their community. Students in North Carolina worked with local community agencies to rebuild computers, set up a DSL connection and build a community access lab. (The Centers for Quality Teaching and Learning)