Ahead of our local, state and national elections, we asked students at Young Aspiring Americans for Social and Political Activism (YAASPA) why they care about civic engagement and policy.
Here is a sampling of their responses:
“I chose to engage with YAASPA because it’s an opportunity for youth like myself to speak up for their community and be involved in change. Not only do we get the opportunity to share our voice, but we get the opportunity to find ourselves.” - Itzel Pacheco
“I care about civic engagement because it is a way to change things that I don’t like in my community. I wouldn’t feel genuine if I complain about things that I don’t like about the community, but don’t do anything to change it. - Jessica Aggrey
“I care about civic engagement because I feel that as an African American my strongest weapon is my voice and I want to be able to make changes in today’s society.” - Jennifer Aggrey