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Reflections & Last Moments

Posted on 11/07/2012 @ 10:50 AM

After all of the canvassing, after all of the anticipation, the Voice Your Vote Summit is coming to a close. On this last day of a whirlwind experience, the teens are voicing their reflections.

For eighteen-year-old Ethan Sills from BBYO Ohio Northern Region, “This was different than any other BBYO experience. It was great because it gave us a chance to do something outside of BBYO, but still together. I finally realized we were doing something special when someone told us that she needed a ride to the polls a half hour before closing time and we were able to set that up for her. It made me feel like we made a difference to at least one person.”

Michaela Brown, seventeen years old from BBYO Northern Region East, was appreciative of this opportunity. “It was the first time I’ve really gotten involved in a political campaign and, especially since I’m so busy at home, it was special to do this with my friends. I think what was really cool about last night was, normally when you go to an election watch party, you’re with only people form your own state. Here, people from all across the country were together rooting for their own states. It was a really unique experience.”

One of the four Teen Coordinators of Voice Your Vote, seventeen-year-old Sierra Lash of BBYO Central Region West says, “As Teen Coordinator, it was amazing to see my peers of different political backgrounds learning so much – whether they came in with a wealth of knowledge or not. During my time at our designated campaign hub, I felt uplifted. It was incredible to see how individuals from around the country had taken months out of their lives to be stationed in a swing state just for the sake of getting out the vote, and it was really cool to see BBYO teens following their example. On a more personal note, I was invested in this election. When it came down to it, Ohio was a deciding factor and I feel that my time here contributed to the nation’s decision.”

The teens spent their last day with Frankie Goldberg, Assistant Cuyahoga County Prosecutor and past International Doveret, who spoke about her political involvement and how to stay civically engaged.

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After lunch, the teens will go their separate ways until they convene again in Washington, DC for International Convention.

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