The Brightside: Generation Activism
DELAWARE – We all know that when you turn 18, you get the chance to vote. But a few Delaware teenagers say before their 18th birthdays, they want to be educated enough to vote for what really matters to them. So they started a group that aims to do just that: prepare teens for their time at the polls.
“We really bonded and talked about activism, politics, all the time, and we came to realize we didn’t have a lot of friends that had that in common with us,” Mallory Holloway, a sophomore and one of the founders of Generation Activism, said.
Holloway and a Delaware freshman Mallory Murphy teamed up to create that group, Generation Activism, a group to get teens involved and educated.
“In a few years we won’t be teenagers anymore, and I don’t think it’s really fair to just turn 18 and immediately expect us to go out and vote and know what we stand for, what we care about, what we’re passionate about,” Murphy said.
What started as the two of them has now grown to a group of nearly thirty members, not just from Delaware, but from all across the country. The group has had several meetings with guest speakers, including the first transgender Senator in the nation’s history, Delaware’s own Senator Sarah McBride. But even when there’s no guest speaker, the group meets regularly on Zoom to talk about issues that really matter to them.
“Abortion and women’s rights, immigration, we even have gone to animal abuse rights and stuff like that,” Kate Dunne, a member of the group, said.
Dunne says oftentimes people her age are left out of conversations when they turn to politics and that’s something they want to change.
“Mainly when people think of voting and politics, they think of adult problems that kids should not worry about… in our organization and for many kids in our generation, there’s a lot of issues that directly affect us if not now, then in the future,” she said.
Murphy says because their generation is the future, it’s important for them to form their own views now, with tons of resources at their fingertips.
“I think that the younger you get started the better because you can build up your views over time through reliable sources and outreach and talking to family and friends, and then by the time that you are able to vote, you are very educated about it and you can make your decisions based on a lot of knowledge,” Murphy said.
If you want to follow along with their journey or know a teenager who may be interested in joining generation activism, you can find them on Instagram and Twitter just by searching their name.