Youth on the Trail: Election 2008

Washington, DC— It’s the buzz: Youth are participating in this year’s presidential elections in record numbers. Are this year’s presidential candidates reaching out to young people in ways their predecessors did not? Has the political debut of websites like YouTube, Facebook, and MySpace made politics more exciting or personal? And who are these politically engaged youth? What do they see as the most pressing issues facing the country? What do they look for in a candidate?

From now through the November 2008 election, WKCD will provide answers to these questions and more. We will:

    • Bring you a special youth political beat—through a partnership with Y-Press, a remarkable youth-led news bureau in Indianapolis. Y-Press journalists will log in articles, interviews, and survey results. They will also file stories from the floor of the Democratic and Republican national conventions this summer.
    • Scour the local and national news for stories about youth on the campaign trail—and post them here.
    • Keep you linked to the most robust national organizations devoted to youth and politics and to some of the hottest interactive and media websites tracking the 2008 campaign.

So let’s get political. Welcome to Youth on the Trail!

Click here for stories and reports from Y-Press; follow this special Election 2008 youth political beat.
david d burstein Click here for links to local and national news stories about youth on the trail.
declare yourself Click here for links to some of the most active national organizations focused on engaging youth in the electoral process.
hill and huck Click here for links to some of the hottest interactive and media websites tracking the 2008 campaign.

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“There’s a radical—and wonderful—new idea here… that all children could and should be inventors of their own theories, critics of other people’s ideas, analyzers of evidence, and makers of their own personal marks on the world.”

– Deborah Meier, educator