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In 2008, young Americans were poised to make their mark in politics. Voter registration among young citizens grew faster than with any other group.

The Internet and social media offered new and innovative ways for young people to make their voices heard and candidates were paying attention to young voters in unprecedented ways.

To learn more about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping youth political engagement, WHRO went to the source. The voices of young Americans discussing how they engage in the political process and why they think that we need to build a more responsive government are captured in a series of videos produced by WHRO with support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB).

The videos portray young peoples' answers to the following questions:

  • Why is it important to be an engaged citizen?
  • How can young people get involved in the political process?
  • Where do young people get their political news and information?
  • What are important issues facing America today?
  • What does it mean to be an American?
  • What does Congress need to do for our future?