Youth Activism

Our world is shifting under our feet, in the air we breathe, and right in front of our eyes.  It has been changing from the turn of the century, but has come to a frenzy within the past few years.  The uncertainty of change has bred a new player in the political game:  Generation Z.  Young people are going to be an essential cog in the machine that will dethrone the Trump administration and the GOP in November.  In 2019, Business Insider predicted that 80% of Generation Z college kids are planning to vote in the 2020 election.  According to Pew Research Center, Generation Z, Millennials, and Generation X voted more than Baby Boomers in the 2018 midterm elections.  Movements, such as March For Our Lives and My School Votes, put great emphasis on the importance of voting and made sure to register people to vote.  Unfortunately, the newest generation is not always taken seriously by our predecessors or, most common, the older generations do not always understand our opinions and how to reach us.. 

My name is Olivia Anderson.  I am going to be a senior at Castle High School in Newburgh, Indiana.  As I intern with Indivisible Evansville, I will be writing monthly pieces in the newsletter, starting in July, to highlight the youth perspective on current issues.  Whether the topic is LGBTQ+ rights, racism in America and the world, women’s reproductive health, gun control, or voting rights, young people have valuable opinions that both the Right and Left would benefit from hearing.  Along with interning with Indivisible Evansville, I will also be helping organize Youth Empowering Activism.  Youth Empowering Activism is a group hyper-focused on young people and how we can get our voices heard.  I am excited to get to know everybody and showcase the youth point of view!  If you or anyone you know would be interested in getting involved with youth activism, contact me or Youth Empowering Activism on Facebook and/or on Instagram @youthempoweringactivism.

Sources:

https://www.businessinsider.com/gen-z-2020-voting-trends-2019-8

https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2019/05/29/gen-z-millennials-and-gen-x-outvoted-older-generations-in-2018-midterms/