Are presidential candidates listening to what young people want?


>>Alcindor: LAST NIGHT, IN WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA, PRESIDENT TRUMP SPOKE TO A GROUP OF YOUNG CONSERVATIVES. HE CALLED THEM “FEARLESS YOUNG LEADERS.” AND WHILE THERE ARE YOUNG PEOPLE WHO ARE ENGAGED AND ACTIVE IN POLITICS, A RECENT POLL OF EIGHT TO 17-YEAR-OLDS FOUND THAT LESS THAN HALF FELT PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES WERE LISTENING TO THEM. HERE WITH ME NOW IS ANUCHA BROWNE. SHE IS THE CHIEF ENGAGEMENT, ADVOCACY AND GLOBAL PROGRAMS OFFICER FOR UNICEF USA, WHICH ISSUED THE REPORT. THANKS SO MUCH FOR BEING HERE. ONLY ABOUT A THIRD OF AMERICAN KIDS FEEL INCLUDED IN THE POLITICAL PROCESS. WHAT DOES THAT SUGGEST? AND WHAT DO THEY WANT TO BE TALKING ABOUT THAT CANDIDATES AREN’T TALKING ABOUT?>>YES, THAT’S ABSOLUTELY ALARMING. YOU KNOW, WE TALK ABOUT OUR CHILDREN BEING OUR FUTURE. THEY REPRESENT 25% OF THE FUTURE OF TODAY, BUT THEY’RE REALLY 100% OF OUR FUTURE, AND THEY’RE SAYING THAT THEIR VOICES ARE NOT BEING CONSIDERED IN THE ENTIRE POLITICAL PROCESS. 80% OF THEM SAY THAT THEY THINK THEY CAN ABSOLUTELY BE BENEFIT AND HELP THIS COUNTRY IMPROVE. AND 90% OF THEM HIGHLIGHT THAT THEY’RE WORRIED ABOUT MANY THINGS. THEY’RE HIGHLIGHTING THAT THEY’RE WORRIED ABOUT VIOLENCE AND VIOLENCE, NOT ONLY AGAINST THEM, BUT THEIR FRIENDS AND THEIR FAMILIES. THEY’RE CONCERNED ABOUT THE CLIMATE. THEY HIGHLIGHT THAT THEY’RE CONCERNED ABOUT LACK OF RESOURCES AND JUST THEIR OVERALL WELLBEING.>>Alcindor: AND THE POLL FOUND THAT YOUNG GIRLS ARE MORE LIKELY TO FEEL EXCLUDED FROM THE POLITICAL PROCESS THAN BOYS. WHAT DOES THAT TELL YOU ABOUT WHAT’S GOING ON?>>BECAUSE GIRLS, YOUNG GIRLS, THEIR VOICES ARE LESS CONSIDERED IN THE PROCESS. YOU KNOW, WE ARE THE GENERATION TODAY THAT’S MAKING POLICIES AND MOVING OUR COUNTRY FORWARD, WE GREW UP AT A TIME WHEN CHILDREN WERE MEANT TO BE SEEN AND NOT HEARD. WE ALSO GREW UP WHERE THAT WAS MORE PREVALENT FOR GIRLS. AND SO THE FACT THAT YOUNG GIRLS DON’T FEEL THAT THEY’RE PART OF THE POLITICAL PROCESS IS JUST IT’S SYSTEMATIC.>>Alcindor: BUT SOME PEOPLE WOULD SAY KIDS DON’T VOTE. WHY LISTEN TO THAT? WHAT’S YOUR RESPONSE TO THAT?>>BECAUSE EVERYTHING THAT WE DO IMPACTS THEM. THESE ARE THE LEADERS OF TOMORROW, AND IF WE AREN’T CONCERNED ABOUT THEM THAN TOMORROW IS NOT GOING TO FEEL WELL FIELD WELL FOR US.>>Alcindor: WHAT SHOULD WE DO TO ENGAGE MORE YOUNG PEOPLE IN THE POLITICAL PROCESS?>>WELL, WE WANT OUR POLITICIANS, WE WANT ALL OF OUR CANDIDATES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE TO LISTEN TO YOUNG PEOPLE. YOUNG PEOPLE HAVE NOT BEEN EVEN CONSIDERED AS IN MANY OF THE DEBATES THAT HAVE TAKEN PLACE TO DATE. WHY DON’T WE HAVE A YOUTH MODERATOR AS THE NEXT, AS PART OF THE NEXT DEBATE. WE SHOULD BE LISTENING TO YOUNG PEOPLE. WE SHOULD BE ASKING THEM THE SAME QUESTIONS THAT WE’RE ASKING OUR POLITICAL CANDIDATES SO THAT THEIR VOICES ARE HEARD AND CONSIDERED IN EVERYTHING WE DO.>>Alcindor: NOW CANDIDATES SAY THEY TALK ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE. THEY TALK ABOUT GUN VIOLENCE. SO IS SPECIFICALLY WHY DO PEOPLE, WHY DO YOUNG PEOPLE IN PARTICULAR FEEL LIKE THEIR ISSUES ARE BEING HEARD? WHAT DO THEY WANT TO BE HEARING?>>WELL, THE MOST IMPORTANT PIECES, THIS VIOLENCE AGAINST CHILDREN, BULLYING, ISSUES OF POVERTY, THOSE ARE THINGS THAT ARE HAPPENING TO YOUNG PEOPLE TODAY AND SO WE NEED TO HEAR THEM OUT. SO AS WE’RE INFUSING SO THAT WE’RE INFUSING CHILD WELL BEING POLICIES AND EVERYTHING THAT WE DO, AND SO THEIR VOICES HAVE TO BE HEARD.>>Alcindor: AND WHAT IF IT SAY ABOUT OUR POLITICAL PROCESS AND THE FUTURE OF OUR POLITICAL PROCESS IF YOUNG PEOPLE ARE ALREADY FEELING EXCLUDED?>>YEAH, WE NEED TO ENGAGE YOUNG PEOPLE, YOU KNOW, THEY’RE ALL GONNA BE VOTERS WHETHER THEY’RE UNDER 18 TODAY, TOMORROW THEY WILL BE A VOTING AGE, AND WE NEED TO ENGAGE THEM THROUGH THIS PROCESS SO THAT THEY KNOW THAT THEY’RE VALUED AND RESPECTED. AND SO THESE ARE EMERGING LEADERS. SO HOW WE TREAT THEM NOW IS REALLY GOING TO BE TELLING IN TERMS OF HOW THEY FEEL ABOUT THEMSELVES AND THE FUTURE OF THIS COUNTRY.>>Alcindor: ESPECIALLY AS YOU THINK ABOUT THE FACT THAT HALF THE COUNTRY ABOUT HALF THE COUNTRY, DOESN’T VOTE ON EVEN IN PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS.>>YEAH, I THINK YOU KNOW, WE’VE SEEN, WE’VE SEEN YOUNG PEOPLE MORE THAN EVER LIFT THEIR VOICES. WE SAW WE’VE SEEN GRETA. WE’VE SEEN MALALA. THE FACT THAT GRETA WAS ANNOUNCED AS PERSON OF THE YEAR BY “TIME” MAGAZINE, THAT’S VERY TELLING THAT THE VOICE OF ONE CHILD CAN CHANGE THE WORLD RELATIVE TO CLIMATE CHANGE. JUST THINK ABOUT IF WE SPENT MORE TIME LIFTING UP THE VOICES OF YOUNG CHILDREN. THAT WOULD BE SO MEANINGFUL IF ADULTS HEARD THEM. THEIR VOICES HAVE TO BE CONSIDERED AS PART OF THE PROCESS. ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WOULD BE REALLY HELPFUL IS IF INDIVIDUALS TEXTED 52886 OF THE WORD CHILD TO 52886, WHAT THAT DOES IS IT SENDS A LETTER TO ALL OF OUR PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES. AND IT ASKED THEM WHAT THEIR VISION IS FOR CHILDREN.>>Alcindor: WELL, THANK YOU SO MUCH. ANUCHA BROWNE WITH UNICEF USA.>>THANK YOU.




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