NCNW understands it is imperative that more young people vote. The American voter turnout rate for 18 to 20 year-olds is half the rate of their Canadian and German contemporaries. In this upcoming and critical election, those missing votes can make the difference in the nation’s direction and the future of democracy. As a result, NCNW is offering a digital course, #Adulting 101, to educate and challenge young voters. In this course, young voters decide for themselves whether or not to vote. NCNW’s course makes a compelling argument designed to explain why they should vote.
There are many theories offered to explain the dismal participation of young people in the electoral process. Some say young adults in the U.S. are too self-absorbed. Some say they don’t have faith that voting makes any difference. Others say they don’t understand the process, or that they never studied history, political science, economics or history. Perhaps they are too busy building careers and families to notice. Whatever the reasons, it is clear that if younger voters turned out at the same rate as those over the age of sixty, the government as we know it would be transformed.
#Adulting101, hosted by political commentator Angela Rye, who is often seen sparring with Chris Cuomo on CNN and YelloPain, a gifted Ohio rapper whose new song, “My Vote Don’t Count” is making waves on social media. (Don’t be fooled by the title.) Also scheduled to participate is former Georgia Gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams who will brief participants on the importance of the U.S. Census.
Rather than imposing viewpoints, #Adulting 101 gives voice to the social, racial and economic justice concerns of young Americans, who, like prior generations, are willing to march for what they believe. As they march for gun control, women’s rights, climate control, police and criminal justice reform, we ask them if voting should also be part of their toolkit?
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