The discussion of involving more young people in politics is nothing new. It has been brought up time and time again throughout recent years, even decades. The problem, however, is that no matter how many times the issue is brought up, very little changes. Governments all around the world ignore young people because we may have limited amounts of money, power, and influence. This leads to a feeling of abandonment and helplessness, which then leads to lower youth-voter participation and underrepresentation in politics and policy-making. This vicious cycle will continue until we, as young people, find a way to organize our voices, speak up, and use our influence to make a change.
In this chapter, I have organized articles, journals, and reports that highlight just how powerful the world’s youth can be if we use our voice. It is divided up into three separate categories, each with a specific focus on a region in the world. I specifically selected case studies and examples where younger generations enact change, whether it is for better or worse. I hope these sources will inspire you and open your eyes to see how much we, as the world’s future, truly matter. I hope this chapter will empower and enable young changemakers to participate actively in their communities.
You might be an educator, a student, or just a curious mind. No matter who you are or what you do, you can and do have the ability to make a difference or empower others to make a difference. Thank you for reading!
Jiayong Li, Torrey Pines High School
WorldLink 2015 Summer Intern