For America’s youth, the 2016 election is a game changer, dictating everything from job prospects to the cost of college.
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This is where the Roosevelt Institute campus network comes in. A part of the progressive Roosevelt Institute, it’s the first student run policy organization in the country.
Joelle Gamble, the National Director of the Roosevelt Network, says that it’s time for candidates to start reaching out to young people.
“Data from CIRCLE at Tufts University says that young people usually don’t get reached out to for GOTV until about 90 days before an election which is pretty late and so there’s a chance still if a lot of the campaigns start now to change that” Gamble tells FOXBusiness.com.
More than student loans and job prospects though, Gamble says that young people are mostly concerned with the political system.
“The overarching theme that I hear is really just around how we are going to make politics work again because the kind of politics that we feel like we’re in right now isn’t going to fix the country or put us in the direction that we think the country should be in” says Gamble.
And the Roosevelt Institute’s campus members are tackling politics at the state level as well.
“Folks in North Carolina have been meeting with elected officials around voting reform, folks in Michigan have been doing the same. In Colorado we met with 30 elected officials alone and all across the country we’ve met with over 100 in the past 2 months” says Gamble.
Gamble says that the way for campaigns to reach millennials is to listen to them.
“At the end of the day they have to listen they have to be willing to listen they have to be told that they’re wrong but at the end of the day that listening process i think is actually what invests our generation into politics” says Gamble.
And Gamble says that one of the best ways for young people to get involved in this election is to pull their friends in
“Actually really cool story that someone told us ‘I saw on Snapchat that my friends were voting so I got in my car and I drove and I voted because I felt like I needed to’” says Gamble.