How to get involved in politics as a high school student?
Updated Deerfield, Massachusetts
I'd like to get more involved in the political aspect of life, and particularly science advocacy. What are some things I can do as a student that might make a difference?
Updated Santa Clara, California
Hi Abby, great question! It's likely that you can get involved in city government as a volunteer or program participant! For example, many cities have "sister city" organizations, where you can join in as a citizen to help develop good international relations and organizational skills. Several people on our city council started within the sister cities organization, so it's been a great entry point to bigger responsibilities. For science advocacy, at some point look into becoming a member of a professional organization. They are great networks that often include political advocacy as well. For example, within the engineering field, the IEEE is such an organization (for example, see https://www.ieee.org/membership_services/membership/societies/about_technical_councils.html and https://www.facebook.com/ieeeyp/). #political-science #advocacy
Updated McLean, Virginia
A lot of high schools and especially colleges have Young Republicans or Young Democrats clubs. Also, it seems like a lot of successful politicians do debate club in school so that might help you out. Finally, you can always volunteer on a campaign, and eventually intern for one (this is a good way to start a career in politics). I am impressed by your passion and interest in how we run our society at such a young age - I hope you are able to find the opportunities in politics that you are looking for!
Updated Rockwood, Michigan
In my experience, there are two possible sources for your participation. Your science teachers and counselors may know which local or state politicians who included science or environmental components in their recent campaigns. Local reporters or larger newspaper political columnists could be contacted (they usually list their email addresses) to find candidates including science or environmental issues in their campaigns. With either source, you would want to check the internet for references to contacts with their campaign organizations. Then you ask how you could get involved yourself. My career was managing environmental affairs for two large industrial corporations. While it may seem that I would automatically oppose environmental activists, I found that communication gave me opportunity to educate and be educated.
If anyone wants to join politics, He or She should get leadership quality. If you want to start from school its good. First find the problems in school and in your society then put it in the front of peoples and ask management and other responsible persons to solve then. Continuously doing good works for humanity and one you will become a good political leader.