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Politics are for all Ages

By Tylor Brackett

There are many students here at La Follette, most of which are unable to vote and just assume they can’t get involved in politics, but in reality, there are multiple ways to get involved.

One way students can get involved is by getting eligible voters to vote. Recruiting voters and signing them in at the poll places on Election Day are tasks that always require volunteers. These positions are totally non-partisan, which by definition means, not biased or partisan`` toward any particular political group. This is a really good way to get involved because there are many eligible voters that don’t vote and the more voters the more the public gets a say on different decisions.

Minors can also volunteer through phone banks and help give potential voters needed information and advice on who to vote for and why. They do this by calling people and supplying them with important information before you cast your vote.

You can get involved with school issues and political events and elections. This could look like a student council, debate club or mock trial. In the student council, you could do as much as plan events, and decide on school issues. Through debates, a student may have multiple thoughts or strong political viewpoints that they discuss with ease. Others may have opposing views with evidence behind reasons and claims. By spectating debates, you not only are informed of both sides of the argument but are surrounded by facts supporting their opinions which will help you form your own. “There’s no better place to start than where you are. Local politics has its quirks, but it’s far more accessible than national-level politics. Look for opportunities in your city or town as well as your county or state. Your neighborhood, borough, or another geographical area may also have its own political scene, even if it’s part of a larger city, so make sure to look into these options as well,” College Vine said. College Vine is a blog that helps inform students on numerous topics and issues while providing guidance.

Another simpler way to get involved is by learning about the different things going on in politics and candidates for elections. By doing so you are fully informed on current events and are able to support or promote political events.

If you really want to get involved you can seek out internships and learn straight from people involved. Formal internships are a good idea for many reasons, and one of those is that they’re explicitly designed with youths in mind, so they’re more likely to be a good fit for your experience level, abilities, and needs. To find these positions, check out the websites and offices of local political groups and government offices. You can also ask school advisers like your guidance counselor or others in student services.

You don't have to be over 18 to be involved in politics, there are many opportunities that you have access to that can help form your own opinions and involve yourself in multiple ways.

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