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From Classroom to Community: Engaging in Politics After Graduating High School

Graduating high school in 2024 brings a unique and exciting opportunity for new graduates: the chance to vote in the 2024 general presidential election. As you step into adulthood, you have the power to shape the future of our nation. Participating in this pivotal election is not only a civic duty but also a significant way to make your voice heard on the issues that matter most to you. Here’s how you can get involved and make a difference with the Democratic Party as you embark on this new chapter of your life.

From classroom to community: engaging in politics after graduating high school

1. Register to Vote

The foundation of democratic participation is voting. Ensure you’re registered to vote and stay informed about local, state, and national elections. You can register online or by mail. Visit our Voting Information Dashboard for information on how to register, check your registration status, and find your polling place.


2. Stay Informed

Knowledge is power in the political arena. Follow reputable news sources, read about current events, and understand the issues at stake. Engage with platforms that provide diverse perspectives but focus on sources that align with Democratic values such as social justice, environmental sustainability, and economic equality. Websites like NPR, The New York Times, and The Washington Post are great places to start.

3. Join the Scioto County Democratic Party

Getting involved with the Scioto County Democratic Party (or your local Democratic Party if you're away for college) is a fantastic way to start your political journey. The Democratic Party is rooted in values that resonate deeply with American principles: equality, justice, and opportunity for all. By joining, you align yourself with a community committed to these ideals. The Democratic Party believes in a fair and inclusive society where every individual has the opportunity to succeed. We advocate for social justice, environmental sustainability, accessible healthcare, and quality education. These values are not just Democratic values; they are American values that have shaped our nation’s progress.

Attend meetings, volunteer for events, and connect with like-minded individuals who share your passion for making a difference. Engage in discussions, participate in grassroots organizing, and help advocate for policies that reflect our shared commitment to these fundamental principles. Visit our website for information on how to get involved, upcoming events, and local initiatives. By joining us, you can contribute to building a better future for all.

4. Volunteer for Campaigns

Campaigns are always in need of enthusiastic volunteers. Whether it’s canvassing, phone banking, or helping with event logistics, your efforts can make a significant impact. Reach out to local, state, and national Democratic campaigns to find opportunities. Websites like Mobilize offer a platform to find volunteer opportunities near you.

5. Engage on Social Media

Social media is a powerful tool for political engagement. Follow and interact with Democratic leaders, organizations, and causes on platforms like X (Twitter), Facebook, and Instagram. Share information, engage in discussions, and mobilize your peers. Remember to always verify the information before sharing to combat misinformation.

6. Advocate for Issues You Care About

Identify issues that matter to you and advocate for them. Whether it’s climate change, healthcare, education, or social justice, there are numerous organizations and movements you can join. Organizations like Citizens Not Politicians, the Sierra Club, Planned Parenthood, and Black Lives Matter offer ways to get involved and advocate for change.

7. Consider Running for Office

While it might seem daunting, running for office is a powerful way to effect change. Start by getting involved at the local level, such as school boards, city councils, or county commissions. The Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee provides resources and support for those interested in running for state legislatures and local offices.


In conclusion...

Becoming politically engaged after high school is a meaningful way to contribute to your community and shape the future. By registering to vote, staying informed, joining local party activities, volunteering, engaging on social media, attending town halls, advocating for important issues, and even considering running for office, you can make a significant impact. For more information and resources, visit the our website often and become a part of the movement for a better future.


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