My First Time
Do you remember your first time? Then please help us engage the next generation in our political system with a $12 donation to our 2012 election coverage.
In the 2012 elections, Generation Y, those between 18 and 31 years old, will account for 25 percent of the eligible voters. That’s too big a group to be sitting on the sidelines. In 2008, Gen Y was spurred into action by the ideas of change to the status quo in Washington and hope for a better future. This time, many are disillusioned, unsure how they can make a difference.
And it doesn’t help when all they see in news coverage is belligerent “he said, she said” sound bites that make Jersey Shore look like an afternoon at a church social.
The noise level gets so loud that it’s impossible to decipher fact from fiction, realistic solutions from propaganda, or legitimate movement from illusionary progress.
It makes it so it’s hard to decide not only who to vote for, but whether they should vote at all. And honestly, they want to be involved. They just want to understand how participation in the political process brings us closer to the goal of solving our nation’s problems in a collaborative effort.
And that’s where Y Gen Out Loud comes in. We’re an online news site for Generation Y to learn about and discuss politics and public policy issues. Organized as a nonprofit, our mission is to provide accurate, informative, and interactive news content that educates and inspires civic engagement among the next generation of leaders.
And for our 2012 election coverage, we’re not going to regurgitate what every other media outlet is reporting. Our coverage will be by young reporters who rather than focus on the horse race, will provide in-depth, investigative stories about issues that are, and should be, discussed by the candidates, with an eye on how they affect Generation Y. And as young people are wont to do, the articles will tell it like it is, including pointing out when the emperors aren’t wearing any clothes.
The reporters will be based in regions across the country, and represent the diverse communities of this generation, including race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation and disabilities. They’ll be bringing fresh eyes and ideas to coverage of the issues that matter most, as well as reaching out to sources that don’t typically have their voices heard in news articles.
And because this is a generation that’s goal oriented, our reporting will include call to actions so young people aren’t left wondering what they can do next to make a difference, no matter what side of the issue they fall.
But we can’t do this without you. We need you to donate $12 to our 2012 election coverage. If you believe like we do, that Generation Y needs to become consistently engaged in the political process to ensure the future of our democratic values, then please help us with a $12 donation.
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