• Project Title: Mobilizing Youth Voters to Participate in the Political Process

  • BASIS Advisor: Raul Rivera Pun

  • Internship Location: Fairfax County Democratic Committee

  • Onsite Mentor: Jack Kiraly

This project explores the role of political activism in mobilizing a previously reticent group of people, youth voters, into actively contributing to the democratic process. Furthermore, the project compares youth activist organizations to their adult counterparts, especially in regards to how young citizens organize against the climate crisis. To complete this project, both academic resources and firsthand experience will be utilized to define the elements of successful political activism and then to demonstrate them in action. The question I hope to answer is: What can a small activist group do to expand its outreach? As youth activist groups rise in prominence in the era of social media, this research will seek to better understand this trend.