Here is what she had to say about the event.
It was really amazing to be involved with the Opportunity Youth United Civic Engagement Summit. Over 500 millennials attended the non-partisan event, it was the first summit that was launched by the movement Opportunity Youth United. There was voter education and civic engagement workshops being held across the Community College and School District of Philadelphia. It was a great moment to unite with others in my peer group to start somewhere with civic engagement. It was a great opportunity to empower millennials to participate in this upcoming presidential election, because we are the largest voting population. We have a chance to influence and shape the narrative of the involvement of millennials when it comes to our democracy.
Jumping on the radio with Vincent Thompson from City Council Live was a really cool experience. Often, young people aren’t invited to have dialogue around issues that impact them. Sometimes the conversations are exclusive with peers only. When it comes to politics and power, there is ambivalence on where millennials stand. That’s not the same as saying “we don’t care”. There is a lot to process when it comes to politics, and we are all not coming from the traditional perspective. It is important that we do get uncomfortable and start to be more inclusive of views and dialogue when it comes to our country. This opportunity to talk non-partisan about the upcoming elections was really challenging, but it was one that needed to happen.