The following question was put towards Buffalo County Youth Advisory Board member Nathan Leach at a speech meet: “Do you think your vote really matters?” Rather than think of an answer or an argument, Leach wondered why such a question would even exist in a society founded on democracy.
Leach has noticed a “trust deficit” between the government and the people, particularly among his peers. He brought his concerns to Community Partners and brainstormed an event to remind youth that their vote counts and their voice can be heard.
The Youth Advisory Board took on the challenge and began preparing for the Youth Academy of Democracy, a day-long event with keynote speakers, presentations, and workshops designed to engage youth and remind them of their voting power.
Slated to take place in October 2013, expect to hear more about it in the coming months.