Hello fellow participants in the experiment called democracy,
My name is Pendaar Pooyan, and I am a senior at BASIS Independent McLean.
In my study of the differences between youth activist groups and adult activist organizations, I have joined both the Fairfax County Democratic Committee as an intern and Virginia Youth Climate Strike (VAYCS) as part of the policy team. In these organizations, I will study how they function, especially since adult groups have more of a vertical structure while youth groups are more horizontal. I am excited to use both opportunities to see how both involve themselves in public outreach.
At Virginia Youth Climate Strike, my role has been to write up summaries of various environmental bills going through the Virginia legislature, researching the background of the bill if necessary. One of my summaries for the VA Green New Deal bill made its way to the Instagram page of VAYCS. As the legislative session winds, I am involved in trying to help with organizing activities as we approach the Earth Day Climate Strike.
In the Fairfax County Democratic Committee (FCDC) I have been working at compiling data regarding swing districts in Virginia, and from that data, seeing which ones could best use more resources for voter mobilization efforts. Tomorrow being Super Tuesday, I will help out at the “war room” at the FCDC to help out by fielding calls from voters and helping precincts properly function.
These two positions are incredibly exciting and I can’t wait to see what I will learn next.