A recent article by Daniel Held on the Canadian Jewish News website, titled Translating Civic Engagement into Political Engagement, offers insights for mobilizing young adults toward civic engagement, and then turning that civic engagement into political engagement. Mr. Held is concerned particularly with young Jewish Canadians, but his insights have a broader application:
While they may not be voting, young people are engaged in their communities: volunteering, devoting time to building community, informing themselves on key social issues and taking action with passion and vigour. . .
The Jewish community has done a good job in mobilizing young adults toward civic engagement. . . We can be proud of our youths’ high levels of civic engagement, as well as their passion and drive to contribute to their community and to better the world. But these high levels of civic engagement do not translate into political engagement. Here, we have a long way to go.
He notes, in particular, that attempts to build political engagement are too often based on platitudes and must be made more substantive. To read more, and learn about the steps Mr. Held points out that must be done; aligning “political engagement with the values of civic engagement,” click here.
Contributor: Brian Stewart, Pepperdine School of Public Policy, MPP Candidate ’17.