Written By: Noah Houk
It is a pivotal time for politics in America and for many young people like myself, it is generation-defining. The Trump presidency has created a great deal of controversy and political discussion on both sides. Now more than ever, people have the opportunity to represent their political values and beliefs by participating in the upcoming 2020 election.
If you’re eligible to vote in the upcoming election, you should go to register, as every vote counts. However, if you’re like me, you may be too young to vote. For those of us who want our opinions heard, this can be incredibly frustrating. But fret not! There are still many ways to get involved in the election. One of the best ways is to volunteer for a campaign. A great way to show your support for a candidate, actively participating in a political campaign provides political experience and social skills as you engage with different members of your community.
How does one become a campaign volunteer, you might ask? It’s quite easy – first, simply find a candidate that you support and visit their website. On that website, find a tab related to volunteering, as almost all candidates will have an open volunteer program. If you aren’t able to find it, try looking under another tab. Once you’ve found a spot to register, all that’s asked of you is an email, name, zip code, and/or phone number. From here, you are able to select whatever volunteer work you are able and willing to do for the campaign; this can be as little as attending an event, or as much as making phone calls and knocking on doors to spread the word about your campaign. It may seem daunting, but even pledging your name can help raise support for your candidate. It’s open-ended and how much you want to participate is completely up to you.
As a young person who is politically active, I highly recommend volunteering for a campaign. It is a great way to make a difference in your community and America as a whole. Our country was founded on the basis of standing up for what you believe in, and every American should have the ability to do so, no matter your age, race, gender, religion, or political orientation.
So on behalf of our founding fathers, go get involved!