Elections are about so much more than just the act of voting, and there are many ways for young people to be engaged in elections that don't involve casting a ballot. Even if they're not old enough to vote, they can develop and share opinions, educate eligible voters, help register voters, get out the vote, ask tough questions of candidates, serve as a poll workers or greeters, become citizen journalists, or volunteer for campaigns. We know young people care about their communities just as much as adults, so we need them to engage them just as much as adults during elections.
Too encourage young people through this final push to the election, Youth Service America is proud to present the ServiceVote 2012 Memes.
If you or a young person you know is involved in this year's campaigns, register their service at www.YSA.org/servicevote.
Steven A. Culbertson is the president and CEO of YSA (Youth Service America), a nonprofit that improves communities by increasing the number and diversity of youth involved in service and service-learning. www.YSA.org or on Facebook.