In an article published on The Sacramento Bee, Justin Knighten, vice president of Lucas Public Affairs informs readers on why and how millennials can play a key role in shaping the capital’s future.
A June 2015 Pew Research Center report shows millennials are “less interested in politics than older generations,” but the reasons might be revealed in other data that highlights a general lack of trust and faith in the governmental process. More alarming is the voter turnout of younger millennials, ages 18-24, in the 2014 general election. The California Civic Engagement Project reported that out of the 3.5 million eligible young voters, only 285,000 actually voted.
Mindy Romero, founder and director of the engagement project, offers an explanation. “Young people care a lot about their world and their community. The Capitol can help connect them to real change; however, we need to be better at supporting efforts that will boost levels of civic engagement.”
With the need for “workshops and forums that explore radical policy concepts” that can help state and local leaders find new ways to solve problems, Knighten developed the conversation series “What’s Possible” in partnership with Sacramento State University’s Hornets Policy and Politics Alumni group, California Forward and the League of California Cities.
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Contributor: Brian Stewart, Pepperdine School of Public Policy, MPP Candidate ’17.