Your Voice Matters
What would get young people to vote? These teens have some ideas
If you’re too young to vote, how else can you get involved?
Participating in Government [ushistory.org]
You can write letters to your political representatives, you can start a petition, attend school board meetings – there are so many ways young people can affect change.
You can find the addresses of your elected representatives easily:
For your California representatives;
Send a respectful, well-worded email to your representative about an issue of importance to you.
Or you can take more concrete action – here are some ideas:
DoSomething.org: Let’s Do This!
You can invite speakers to your school or youth organization, as these young people did: Students: YAF – Conservative Student Activists
Or you can be involved here: https://youthactivismproject.org
You can pre-register to vote when you’re 16 years old
Youth Voter Turnout: Why Is It So Low?
Do you agree with the ideas presented in this video? Why or why not?
What can you do to address a problem that faces you or your community? Write a brief paragraph describing a problem that needs to be addressed and list three actions you can take to help solve the problem.
How do you know who to vote for?
Take this issue-based quiz to find out which candidate best supports your positions.
America’s most popular voting guide for elections, political issues, candidates, and poll data
What have other young people done to make a change?
Here are young students who have made a difference:
- Malala Yousafzai: 9 Facts on Her Extraordinary Life
- Greta Thunberg Is TIME’s 2019 Person of the Year
- Kids sue the US government over climate change, and Trump fights back in court
- The rising tide of conservative climate activism
Here’s an article about students who sued their state in order to have access to civics education:
Rhode Island lawsuit: Students sue for the right to learn civics
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