While including everyone in the political process can be challenging, one of our partner blogs has found a program that seeks to engage non-college youth in the political process. Last month, Katy Harriger, a Professor and Chair of the Politics and International Affairs Department at Wake Forest University, shares with readers how community organizations and state and local government can work together to engage citizens in the political process:
…students are engaging in debate watch parties, are organizing voter registration drives, and a small group of around twenty students, both Republican and Democratic, are having the experience of a lifetime in a program called Wake the Vote, which has taken them already to Iowa and New Hampshire and later in the year will give them the opportunity to attend the conventions. These kinds of experiences translate into participation at the polls. An organization that studies the political participation of young people (CIRCLE) reports that 70% of the youth votes (18-24) cast were cast by young people with at least some college experience. Clearly, activities that provide students with the opportunity to get engaged in the political process are powerful motivators for voting.
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Contributor: Brian Stewart, Pepperdine School of Public Policy, MPP Candidate ’17.