For all I know, this could fall on deaf ears. Many of our country’s youth don’t pick up the newspaper anymore to get information. Everything is learned through social media and news is absorbed through online platforms.

I want to discuss the importance of youth in politics and youth politics. All politics is youth politics because every decision our elected officials make affect young people, whether they want to believe it or not. When I was in high school, I was constantly reminded that the classrooms I sat in and what I was learning was because of a legislative body somewhere that made a decision on my behalf.

My senior year, in AP Government class, it finally hit me that I had a say about how the way things operated — and it extended far past casting a vote in an election. Getting involved politically as a young person doesn’t mean you have an agenda, it means you have a vision for your county and your country. It doesn’t mean you need to run for office — although we need more young folks willing to run — to be an effective community leader. Many role models I look up to, locally and on the nation scale, have started out as Young Republicans or Young Democrats. I write to encourage more of our county’s youth, regardless of what side of the aisle you’re on, to get involved politically.

Eli Kalil

Ashtabula

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