5 WAYS TO BE A CIVICALLY ENGAGED YOUNG PERSON



1. CULTIVATE YOUR PASSIONS

Determine what you are passionate about and why it matters to you. What makes you emotionally driven? Is there an issue that makes you mad or something you would want to see changed? Keep track of the issues that create a reaction in you and determine your beliefs on these issues. Know who you are, what you believe in, and where you want to go.


2. GET INVOLVED

Whether you are running for your high school’s student government, applying for positions in organizations on your college campus, or volunteering in your community, find intentional ways for you to spend your time to make a difference. Use the passions you cultivated and spend your time advocating for causes you support or campaigning for candidates you align with.


3. DO YOUR HOMEWORK

Take the time to research events, issues, candidates, policies, etc. that are occurring in your community or that you are interested in learning more about. Politics does not have to be hard. Research issues you want to learn more about from unbiased, educational resources.


4. BE OPEN TO DIFFERENT OPINIONS

You may think your opinion is right, but it does not mean other opinions are wrong. Be willing to surround yourself with others that hold differing perspectives on issues. You do not have to agree with them to attempt to understand their point of view. Meet people where they are and be willing to hear new ways of thinking, even if you are strong in your beliefs! The only way we grow is by hearing diverse thoughts.


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