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To get a youth perspective on the 2008 Presidential Elections, WKCD has teamed up with the youth-led news bureau, Y-Press, based in Indianapolis. Originally part of the Children’s Express, Y-Press has nurtured young journalists for almost 20 years. Their stories and articles—on local, national, and global topics—appear weekly in The Indianapolis Star  (348,000 circulation). The Y-Press web site is updated regularly and encourages external submissions and comments about youth-written stories and reviews.

Here, for the next ten months, Y-Press reporters will be posting:

    • stories about the campaign, the candidates, and youth perspectives on the political process
    • profiles and interviews with young political activists
    • results from surveys they’ve created to gather information from youth nationwide about the candidates and the issues most important to young people
    • reports from the floor at both of this summer’s national conventions.

Check back often (or create an RSS feed) to keep up with this special “youth beat” on Election 2008.

National Party Conventions:


The First American-Muslim Democratic Caucus (Video 2.11 min)
Protests (Video 1:42 min)
Bloggers (Video 1:41 min)

Jason Ray, Youth Super Delegate (audio interview)
Going Green (audio interview)
On Pressing Youth Issues   (audio interviews)


Civic Fest (Video 1:26 min)
Rally for the Republic with Ron Paul (Video 1:47 min)
War Protests (Video 1:50 min)

Karen Agnes, Active Young Republican (audio interview)
On Sarah Palin and the Republican Party (audio interviews)
Youth Views on the Republican Party (audio interviews)


Hot Buttons: Youth Weigh in Global Warming and Health Care, September 22, 2008
The Non-College Vote, August 20, 2008
The Latino Vote, June 16, 2008
Millennials at the Polls, May 14, 2008
When the Most Connected Generation and Politics Unite, April 3, 2008
Young Inner-city Teens List Community Improvement and School Safety As Top Concerns, March 6, 2008
Youth Put Partisanship Aside, Search for Common Ground, January 30, 2006

Profiles of young political activists:

Part I
David Burstein, 19, Weston, Connecticut
Asher Heimermann, 14, Sheboygan, Wisconsin
Jonathan Lykes, 17, East Cleveland, Ohio
Nic Morden, 13, Spokane, Washington
Rachel Swanson, 15, Lexington, Kentucky

Part II
Shoshana Akabas, 16, New York, New York
Raheel Anwer
, 16, Chicago, Illinois
Beth Foster
, 17, Charlottesville, Virginia
Nik Ritchie
, 21, Orlando, Florida
Megan Waggoner
, 17, Palmer, Alaska

Part III

Gavin Bauer, 18, Portland, ME
Jack Boeglin, 19, Carmel, IN
Rachel Briggs, 17, Honolulu, HI
Jennifer Jones, 18, Portland, OR
Conor Rogers, 18, Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ
Shaina Solomon, 18, Henderson, NV

Part IV

Pryce Hadley, 18, Marquette, MI
Molly Kawahata, 17, Palo Alto, CA
Glenn McLaurin, 17, Garner, NC
Erika Sylvester, 18, Missoula, MN
Jimmy Van Eerden, 19, Stokesdale, NC

Part V

Heidi Bentley, 19, Mobile, AL
Caitie Boland, 18, Great Falls, MN
Alex Christensen, 14, and Peter Christensen, 17, Escalante, UT
Adam Lussier, 18, Ridgefield, CT
Sterline Pendergrass, 18, Crossville, AL

Part VI

Zach Ammerman, 18, Lebanon, IN
Taylor Bundy, 17, Lancaster, PA
Jose Juan Cruz, 15, Denver, CO
Ava Lowery, 17, Alexander City, AL
Johan Mahlum, 16, Bismarck, ND
Deon Pinner, 16, Denver, CO
Amanda Randall, 19, Aberdeen, SD
Raven Robinson, 17, New York City, NY
Ari Siesser, 17, Carrollton, GA
Cory Washington, 18, Madison, MS

Audio commentaries:

Obama and Clinton on issues that matter to youth - May 8, 2008
On John McCain’s recent town hall meeting in Indianapolis - February 22, 2008




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