How youth can change the world through politics
A team of youth activists, formed in 2001 in the U.S. and Canada, found that young people can actually have a positive impact on national and international politics. All they need to do is be involved in their respective communities and join local political movements or parties that aim for positive change.
The youth organization, known as The Freechild Project, is a group of young social leaders who bring knowledge and share interest in bringing forward the purpose of social justice through youth empowerment. They also provide adequate information to help students brainstorm ideas to start their own initiatives.
Here are three ways The Freechild Project suggests youth can change the world.
1. Advocate for youth mainstreaming
Youth mainstreaming means “deliberately creating places and positioning young people throughout society in order to foster full, regular and normalized youth voice everywhere, all of the time,” according to the project’s official website, freechild.org.
Young people can improve their communities and affect democratic representation, even in parties that deny them the right to become engaged.
2. Run for office
Once a young politician who ran in Illinois, former U.S. President Barack Obama is now adamant about helping young people in his country become leaders.
“The single most important thing I can do is to help in any way I can prepare the next generation of leadership to take up the baton and to take their own crack at changing the world,” Obama said at a University of Chicago forum Monday, April 24.
Run For Something is one way to get involved. It helps “recruit and support millennials running for down-ballot office,” as indicated on its online platform.
3. Support a youth candidate
A young candidate would need the support of his age group and would, in return, work for their benefit and give them a voice by reflecting their ideas and aspirations within the political environment.
Another avenue for youth as voters can be a protest vote. Casting a blank ballot when none of the candidates seems fit can effectively show their dissatisfaction with the status quo.