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Political Engagement

Why Brazilians' Skepticism Of The Olympics Was Good News

Beatriz Pedreira | Posted 08.22.2016 | World
Beatriz Pedreira

Skepticism about the Olympics is part of an arduous and often frustrating process towards more political engagement and an ever more vibrant democracy, requiring stakeholders to rethink the way to organize political life in Brazil.


Dan Butin | Posted 11.20.2013 | Impact
Dan Butin

The average age of a US Senator is 63. Less than 10 percent of Congress is 40 years old or younger. Yet young adults -- those between 18 and 29 -- make up 30 percent of the voting population. They, literally, cannot envision themselves a part of such a process.

Thank You, America

Jessica R. Dreistadt | Posted 11.21.2012 | Politics
Jessica R. Dreistadt

Typically, my gratitude is focused on those things, people, ideas, and places that are immediately accessible to me. I forget to also express appreciation for things like my citizenship; yet, it is an integral part of who I am and what I am able to do with my life.

All But Ignored, Third Parties Endeavor On

Jake Jares | Posted 01.05.2013 | Teen
Jake Jares

As the third-party debates and the campaigns themselves will likely continue to be neglected by our political culture, the candidates fight on now for their message, not their electoral success.

Vote -- It's My Birthday!

Iman Baghai | Posted 01.05.2013 | Teen
Iman Baghai

Clearly, there are issues with the current way our politics run, and we can't fix everything overnight. But there are some simple things that we can do to make people more politically engaged.

Political Ignorance Is Not Bliss

Luis Ruuska | Posted 11.18.2012 | Teen
Luis Ruuska

When you vote for a candidate, don't vote for them because your friends are doing it, or because your parents are loyal to one political party over the other. Vote for a candidate you believe in.

We Need Youth to Care

Aaron Miller | Posted 11.13.2012 | Teen
Aaron Miller

American youth, the demographic most important to America's future, are often excluded from political processes and omitted from election ballots in just about every way.

Staying Engaged

Sam Koppelman | Posted 01.04.2012 | Politics
Sam Koppelman

I believe toys come to life when I leave the room. I believe Lebron James cares about his fans. And I believe in Willy Wonka. But, recently, I've stopped believing in politicians.

Vote 2012

Attiyya Anthony | Posted 09.04.2011 | Impact
Attiyya Anthony

We know that young minds are the fires behind revolutions and the catalyst for change, but when given the opportunity to vote -- they do very little with it. I wonder, why is that?