Jennifer Staubach Gates, Council Member, District 13
You are never too young or old to create strong civic engagement in your community. Civic engagement means doing all you can to make a difference in the quality of life in your community.
Educate yourself on the political process, find out who your representatives are and which level of government they represent. Learn about each elected position from President, to Congressman, to State Representative, to Councilmember. Each of these elected officials are responsible for a different aspect of government that services your community. Ask your parents if you can join them when they go vote and stay informed regarding the issues your family and friends care about. A great way to learn the political process is to attend a public meeting or forum. A public meeting can be a City Council Meeting, a school board meeting or a neighborhood association meeting. These meetings show the community in action, how problems are identified and what solutions are reached. Meetings at the federal, state and local government levels are often posted online. Researching and watching these meetings will help you learn what legislation in action looks like.
Get involved in your community by looking for ways to make a difference that directly affect your community. Start small, in your own neighborhood, on your own block. Return a lost dog, clean up your loca...