Youth Action for Politics
The Freechild Project has found that around the world there is a growing interest in young
people participating in politics. Some political groups are
changing to respond to the growing number of young people who want
to affect the political system. Political ideologies that were once considered "fringe" beliefs
are becoming mainstreamed, and more young people are associating
themselves with non-popular political parties. Finally, more young
people than ever before are actually becoming engaged in local
community campaigns and other political activities.
Point to Ponder
"Nobody will ever deprive the
American people of the right to vote except the American people
themselves-and the only way they could do this is by not voting."
Franklin D. Roosevelt
categories have been identified by Freechild to help young people and their adult allies learn more
about young people & politics. There are several categories
with headings are bold.
Organizations Promoting Youth Voting
League of Pissed Off Voters
support to strengthen families. Foster
a spirit of shared responsibility and community. Bring all voices into the
Protect our right to privacy and our freedom
of choice. Make real opportunities available to all.
to invest in the public good. Be a respected and respectful citizen of the
world. The most important youth engagement program of 2004.
Mobilzing America's Youth
An all-partisan network dedicated to educating, empowering, and
energizing young people to increase our civic engagement and political
Canadian Youth Politics -
A discussion board for young people in Canada.
- Dedicated to educating and motivating people
about youth activism. Hosts active discussions about youth activism and
politics, publish a weekly newsletter to over 650 people about youth activism
and are writing a book about the activism of our generation.
Power Politics -
"Silence is the door of consent."
Information, resources and inspiration to do something.
Youth Lobbying Organization
- Provides the structure through which high school students will have their opinions heard on issues concerning themselves and their peers.
Vote Smart -
A nonpartisan record of which candidates voted for what
Kids Voting USA
Kids Voting USA is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, grassroots organization dedicated to securing democracy for the future by involving youth in the election process today.
Youth Vote is the nation's
largest non-partisan coalition working to increase the political involvement
of 50 million Americans, 18-30 years old. The Youth Vote coalition consists of
over ninety diverse national organizations representing hundreds of
organizations and millions of young people.
Rock The Vote
Organization begun by
members of the recording industry dedicated to promoting freedom of expression
and the empowerment of young people. Engages youth in political advocacy and
encourages voter registration.
Young Citizens Survey -
A survey of 1,500 Americans between the
ages of 15 and 25. Young
adults are more positive today about government, their communities,
and their own civic and political involvement -- but those attitudes
have yet to translate into action. Young adults are an "unclaimed
constituency," looking for candidates for public office to come to
their turf, take them seriously, and ask for their votes. These are
some of the key findings of the most comprehensive survey of young
people today, containing a wealth of new information about their
attitudes toward, and participation in, politics and civic life.
Youth Vote Coalition -
The nation's largest non-partisan coalition
working to increase the political involvement of 50 million
Americans, 18-30 years old. The Youth Vote coalition consists of
over one hundred diverse national organizations representing
hundreds of organizations and millions of young people.
Youth in Action -
Provides support and recognition for the voices, ideas and
positive solutions of youth. As partner in the Global Youth
Action Network, a growing collaboration among organizations
worldwide, the youthlink.org web site is being expanded as an
international clearinghouse for youth voices, resources and
Third Millennium - Advocates for
the Future -
Third Millennium is a national,
non-partisan, non-profit organization focusing on long-term
problems facing the United States, such as the national debt.
The organization conducts research, publishes opinion articles,
and testifies before Congress. Its stated goal is to "inspire
young adults to action."
Young Politicians of America -
The Young Politicians of America was
founded to expand the democratic experience to the youth of our
society. The problems community service aims to answer are the
same problems government seeks to solve. Our goal is to further
citizenship among young people by catalyzing their zeal for
community service into a zest for civic participation. Through
YPA chapters, young people volunteer, discuss, and encourage
each other to understand government's role as a crucial
instrument for impact.
Close Up Foundation
the Voting Age -
Resources and information about lowering the voting age and
promoting youth suffrage across the United States.
Political Party Philosophies
Anarchy Youth - Proposed basic principles:
1) We expose and educate other young people and the community to the special
oppression young people suffer in our society; 2) We teach, develop
and carry out anarchist methods of fighting the oppression young
people face; 3) We
hold dear the ultimate goal of uniting with other regular people to
destroy our common enemy, the ruling class, to be replaced with an
anarchist society where we have non hierarchical communities and
workplaces where everyone has equal access to that societies decision
making power and wealth.
Green Party Youth Caucus -
The Greens give official
recognition, including a direct voice in county, state, and
national committees, to organized caucuses of Greens who are
members of oppressed groups. Includes the following for youth:
proportional representation; guaranteed parity; affirmative
action; right to caucus; recognition of Youth caucus.
Libertarian Party Campus (Youth) Information
Libertarians believe the answer
to America's political problems is the same commitment to
freedom that earned America its greatness: a free-market economy
and the abundance and prosperity it brings; a dedication to
civil liberties and personal freedom that marks this country
above all others; and a foreign policy of non-intervention,
peace, and free trade as prescribed by America's founders.
Student Natural Law Party Club -
The Natural Law Party was founded in April
1992 to “bring the light of science into politics.” Its
founders, a group of a dozen educators, businessmen, and
lawyers, knew that field-tested solutions to America’s problems
already existed but were being ignored by government, due
primarily to the pervasive influence of special interests.
- The Young Democrats of America (YDA) has been the official youth
arm of the Democratic Party since 1932. Open to anyone under the
age of 36 who affiliates with the Democratic Party, YDA is a
nationwide grassroots organization with 42 chartered states and
780 local chapters. Our 43,000 plus membership reflects the
broad diversity of our nation and the Democratic Party. This
includes high school students, college students, young workers,
young professionals and young families. All of the members have
the interest of their community at heart and work hard to affect
the democratic process.
Young Democratic Socialists
YDS works to transform our
society - on the job, in the streets, in the classroom. We are a
broad, diverse network of young activists who share a vision of
a more humane future. Instead of waiting for some final, magical
instant when a utopia appears, we organize and struggle every
day to redistribute power. Building democratic socialism is a
long struggle, and we take it one step at a time.
People's Socialist League - The home of radical youth who believe in a better world, based
upon cooperation, not competition, where human life is respected
and valued, where everyone's basic needs are met, and where
people are free to live up to their fullest potential.
Membership in YPSL (pronounced "Yipsel") is open to any comrade
under the age of 30 who agrees with our principles. Our members
are workers and students at all levels. We no more focus on
college campus recruiting than do we try to colonize industrial
union locals with newspaper subscriptions. We believe that all
activists should organize where they are. As a D.I.Y. league,
YPSL will help with any local campaign our members decide to
carry out. Our organization is democratically run and open and
accessible to all members.
YROCK - The Young Republicans Online Community networK
- Today’s Young
Republicans are young professionals between the ages of 18 and
40, who belong to a nationwide network of like-minded
individuals. The Young Republican National Federation,
Inc. is the governing body that oversees the State organizations
across the country and facilitates opportunities for Young
Republicans to have an active role in politics today.
Members of Young Republican clubs not only benefit from the
social aspects, but the chance for future political development.
As America’s farm team of Republican politics, the YRNF has
spent the last 70 years creating the leaders of today, as well
as training the next generation for tomorrow.
Political Parties for
Party Y -
Party Y is a coalition of young American
leaders (all in their 20s) who joined together in 2002 to launch
a new independent political youth party dedicated to meeting the
needs of America's under-30 population. Not a traditional "third
party", we are instead a web/media-based "virtual party"
designed to link up young voters with equally young political
candidates (all under-30) around the country.
The Future Voters of America Party, Inc. (FVAP)
- A New York City based program
founded in 1995 as a not-for-profit political party for youth and now in its
fourth year with youth involvement. The FVAP will provide an American
political home that unites young people on youth-centered issues, promotes
active citizenry, and fosters life-long patriotism and national spirit.
These are online and print publications
about young people and politics.
How to Get Stupid White Men Out of Office
By the League of Pissed Off Voters. A tour of modern youth
political activism in the US, focusing on eradicating this
nation of its political terrorists. The most important book of
The Democracy Project: Build your own campaign
Up Foundation Civics Quiz
Youth Indicators -
Find out about Indicator 53 -- volunteerism
-- as reported by the Department of Education in its occasional
study on American youth.
Maintained by the U.S. Department of Health
and Human Services (HHS), Youthinfo is a web site providing
information about America's adolescents. The site includes a
statistical profile of America's teenagers; reports and
publications on adolescents; and links to youth-related web
sites at HHS, other federal agencies, private foundations, and
Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and
Engagement. Everything you ever wanted to know about youth,
research, and political activity.