Do you know of a university looking for ways to encourage young voters? Alan Solomont, Dean of the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts University has some ideas. In a blog post under Huffpost Politics, Solomont shares with readers the importance of caring about young voters, advice on getting youth to participate, information on what’s important for youth, and strategies on how college and universities can help engagement efforts:
At the University of Houston-Downtown, the student government organized a “Walk 2 Vote“ initiative in 2012 and 2014. Creating the “buzz” attracted students and local youth. They are now trying to replicate this on other campuses. . .
The fact is that voting is habit-forming and is often a gateway to other forms of civic engagement. At a time when young people face enormous challenges – crushing student debt, unemployment and mass incarceration – supporting them to vote will help raise a new generation of citizens who actively engage in our democracy.
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Contributor: Brian Stewart, Pepperdine School of Public Policy, MPP Candidate ’17