Gabrielle Lamplugh serves as the Education Director at the David Mathews Center for Civic Life (DMC), a 501(c)3 non-profit located in Montevallo, Alabama. The DMC focuses on improving civic health in Alabama by walking alongside communities as they build the skills, habits, and capacities that encourage more effective civic engagement and innovative decision making. At the DMC Lamplugh partners with educators and communities as they identify ways to engage young people in place-based, civic learning opportunities. Lamplugh became interested in the civic possibilities of career tech education after facilitating a series of youth forums in rural communities. During these forums, students consistently cited economic and workforce development as the most significant influencers of their perception of their hometown, as well as the key determinant in whether they would stay there.
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