In an article published on Governing.com, Contributor Kyle Bozentko makes a credible claim around civic/public engagement as it relates to millennials. In an article titled Local Politics and the Malaise of Millennials he argues:
“…A one-size-fits-all approach to building millennial engagement simply won’t work. Millennials are too diverse. Rather than searching for the silver-bullet app or perfect platform that will attract millennials to civic life en masse, the key to developing millennial engagement stems from the axiom that all politics is local. Getting millennials involved — and keeping them involved — requires new engagement strategies that are tailored both to specific local concerns and to the millennial population in all of its diversity.”
“At a time where people who are 65 years or older are 19 times more likely to vote in local elections than 18 to 34 year olds” Bozentko admits:
“Understanding the complexities shaping voting and civic participation patterns among young residents is daunting. Identifying the problem presents the first challenge: Are people not getting involved because they don’t recognize an entry point? Do they distrust local government and resist involvement? Or do they feel disconnected from the community, as a college student or transplant might, and choose to forego the investment that civic participation often entails.”
For more information, including current initiatives that seek to provide a solution to some of the questions Bozentko raises click here.
Contributor: Brian Stewart, Pepperdine School of Public Policy, MPP Candidate ’17.