Sara Clifft – reporter
Many high school students find themselves becoming more politically aware as they grow older and begin to develop their own ideals. This newfound awareness and interest raise many questions for curious teens. They start to wonder how they can get involved and how they can impact their community.
Political involvement can be very beneficial to students. Being politically active in your community often leads to increased civic engagement, as well as development of communication and leadership skills.
“It’s important to be politically active because, even though we are students, there are several ways to raise awareness for certain issues that are overlooked by adults. If at least one person stands up, it will cause a chain reaction so that others begin to step out of their comfort zone and be proactive for their beliefs,” freshman Kathy Tran said.
However, as high schoolers, students can often face many challenges. Sometimes these challenges are the age limit on voting, but other times the challenges you face may be from adults who refuse to take you seriously.
With that being said, there are many ways that students can immerse themselves in politics. Many schools already have existing political groups or extracurriculars relating to politics. For example, a DHS club, The Advocates, are a political activist group who raise awareness for issues they deem important. Another easy option is to look for positions in your local government, for example, being an intern for the mayor’s office.
As a high school student, it is easiest to start out by tackling issues that are relevant to you. You can contact your school board, ask questions, and investigate. Formulate plans to improve your school or raise awareness of issues your school is facing.
Being politically active has many challenges, but the result is worth it.
Just look at what the Parkland students have been able to accomplish. They have successfully created a platform from which they can raise their voices and stand up for their beliefs.
By taking part in politics, students have the opportunity to become involved in their community and create long lasting impacts.
“Being politically aware does not mean you have to go to extremes,” Tran said, “you just need to raise awareness.”