Youth Engage With Politicians Teen Town Hall to happen March 31st
HOLYOKE - As young people around the country are making their voices heard about gun violence, it is more important than ever for politicians and youth to find ways to connect. Rallys and school walkouts are one critical way for young people to share their message, but one event coming up will put youth and their representatives in direct conversation with each other. Six politicians and over 100 youth are expected to attend the Teen Town Hall on the campus of Holyoke Community College on March 31st. The event, hosted by a local youth activism group, Youth Rise Together, will take place in the Leslie Phillips Theater from 2-4 PM.
A town hall is a common way for local or national politicians to meet with their constituents about a specific issue or discuss upcoming legislation. While town hall style meetings are an effective way for legislators to communicate with voters, they rarely give youth a chance for their voices to be heard. Youth Rise Together decided to work with legislators to create an event specifically for teenagers. Engaging teens in politics is an important part of developing citizens who can participate in our democracy.
The Teen Town Hall is specifically for teens and youth to meet their legislators. State Representative Aaron Vega, State Senator Stan Rosenberg, U.S. Representative Jim McGovern, and a representative from the office of U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren will be at the Teen Town Hall to meet with youth. The event will be opened by congressional candidate Tahirah Amatul-Wadud.
The goal of the Teen Town Hall is for youth to have a chance to meet their representatives, hear what they are working on, and ask them any questions they might have. This event is a great opportunity for youth to become a part of the political process and have their voices heard.