Because young people often have a lot of time on their hands, it is good to have something productive to do rather than just sitting playing video games all day long (although it can be fun every once in a while). It is also good to get involved with your country so you start to understand how your government works better.
Last fall I had the opportunity to volunteer for my local government representative. Through our many conversations, I learned a lot about how the government works in my country.
My jobs as a volunteer included assembling signs, helping put them up, and handing out information cards. I hung information door hangers on people’s doors, walking from house to house in small neighborhoods. I learned a lot and had a lot of fun! I also had the satisfaction of knowing that I had a little part, however small, in the outcome of my country’s whole election.
I encourage you to find out when the next election in your area or in your whole country is, and then find out how you can help support your government representative. Even though you might not be able to vote, I hope you will try to get involved somehow. Learning how your country works is a very important thing for people to learn. And I think the best way to learn is by experience. Some of you reading this right now might even be leaders of your country some day!
So, go do some research, and find out how you can get involved in the politics of your country. Of course, if you are still a kid, you might want to ask your parents before arranging anything. 😉