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Vote Your Voice 2012 Kicks Off in Cleveland

Posted on 11/05/2012 @ 09:33 PM

Today marked the first day of BBYO’s three-day Vote Your Voice Teen Summit in Cleveland, OH. Nearly 100 teens gathered from across the country to learn about and discuss election issues and how they relate to Jewish values. Four Teen Coordinators played integral roles in both the planning and execution of this unique and exciting event: Brad Honigberg, Sofie Jacobs, Sierra Lash and Gary Levine.

After a full day of animated political and social dialogue, the Teen Coordinators have some thoughts to share:

Brad Honigberg, 18 years old, from Mequon, WI was “pleasantly surprised at how knowledgeable people were about the issues and how open they were to hearing other sides. Even though there were differing opinions, there were no arguments.”

The best thing about today for Sofie Jacobs, 16 years old, from Rockville, MD was that “we were preparing ourselves for the work we’re doing tomorrow [with the Obama Biden and Romney Ryan campaigns] and exposing ourselves to new opinions that we may not have considered before.”

For Sierra Lash, 17 years old, from Oakland, CA, “the most exciting part of the day was, after coming from an extremely liberal background, talking to other Jewish teens with divergent opinions. It was really insightful to see how my peers interpret issues differently than I do.”

Gary Levine, 16 years old, from Dallas, TX was “pleased with how the participants were excited to be engaged. They were so passionate about everything. The programming went smoothly, too!”

Tomorrow, the teens will spend the entire day with the campaign of their choice, helping encourage Ohioans to get out and vote!

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