How to Get Involved in Politics as a Teenager

February 7, 2013

When looking at those who serve in the government, it is impossible to avoid the impression that government is primarily for those over the age of 40. Despite this, teenagers are often among the most interested in politics. For them, politics is an avenue for improving the world around them, and many future world leaders become interested in politics while still in their teenage years. Despite this enthusiasm, many teenagers feel that there is no place in politics for them; the reality, however, is that there is room for people of all ages. Here are a few ways that teenagers can become involved in politics.

Volunteer for a Campaign

Campaigns are run on all levels of government, and those running for office depend on volunteers to help them reach out to the public. One of the best ways to learn about politics is to volunteer to handle certain tasks on a political campaign. Canvassing is popular, and teenagers who ask to help may be asked to canvass neighborhoods. While this can be difficult work, it is a great way to learn about how people think about politics. In addition, those who canvass areas will learn how to speak in an effective, compelling manner.

Attend Meetings and Debates

Another way to get involved in politics is to attend meetings on a regular basis and ask questions. On the local level, there are often many opportunities for the public to interact with politicians. In some cities, however, the public is decidedly indifferent toward these meetings. Teenagers can take advantage of this fact and use these forums to ask politicians questions, and they may be able to meet politicians once the meeting has ended. Politics is largely about networking, and those who actively participate and meet people involved in politics set themselves up to take advantage of opportunities in the future.

Start a Blog

Many teenagers are more interested in the abstract elements of politics. For example, a teenager might be interested in a particular political or economic philosophy. One of the best ways to share this interest with the world is to start a blog and post to it regularly. While most blogs will not attract large audiences, a blog that is updated regularly will likely gain a consistent base of followers. By asking questions on blog posts and interacting with those who leave comments, it is possible to learn about politics while honing one’s ability to speak in a clear and compelling manner. Further, blogs can serve as great portfolios for those interested in working in politics.

Learn as Much as Possible

Politics can seem deceptively simple, but the field of politics is actually much more complex than many imagine. By beginning the process of learning about politics as early as possible, teenagers can prepare themselves for earning degrees and engaging in intellectual debates. Thanks to the Internet, there are more resources for learning about politics than ever before, but it is important that teenagers avoid one-sided articles and websites, which can give a false impression about the theory and history behind government. While educating themselves, teenagers may want to try to adopt a disinterested, open-minded view of political and economic theory.

Unfortunately, some of the most common reactions to politics are those of indifference or boredom. Thankfully, teenagers are often free from these feelings, and many show a profound interest in politics. While professional politics is largely the realm of people well beyond on their teenage years, there is room for people of all ages. By being proactive and taking advantages of all opportunities they can find, teenagers can play a significant role on all levels of politics.

Category: Getting Involved

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