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.
Week 1 was an exciting week because it coinciding with Super Tuesday in which Virginia voted in the contest for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. In the office I would take reports of the 9 A.M voter turnout numbers we received and transfer them to an Excel sheet. My expectations that the office would be […]
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 […]