Gillian Skiba ’18
Posted on Tuesday, March 13th, 2018
“Our young people are our future.” This is a phrase that has been said by everyone from actors to politicians.
Still, many people don’t realize how true this statement is. A lot teenagers don’t understand the impact that they can have on the world, and it is so important that they do. It is also vital that we, the youth of America, stay informed about everything that is happening in our country.
We really are the future of this nation. It may not always seem like it, but we do have the power to make a difference.
There are so many cases today of young people taking a stand for what they believe in. For example, since the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, many students from that school have been calling for gun control and students at high schools across the nation have shown their support for their peers by organizing walkouts and protests.
These students’ voices are reaching a huge audience and proving that young people have important things to say and need to be heard.
However, we can’t do this unless we actually know what the issues are and understand what we are saying about them.
The biggest challenge that we face as young people trying to take a stand and be heard is all of the adults who don’t want to listen. They don’t see us for the intelligent, powerful agents of change that we are.
From the minute a teenager opens their mouth, some people stop listening. We can have the most thought out, innovative ideas, but because we’re young, our perspectives are discounted, because they’re considered the result of baseless arguments and are coming from “inexperienced children.”
I myself have had my arguments called “childish” recently by someone who couldn’t even explain why.
We already have the deck stacked against us, which is why it is so important that we not give these naysayers any more reasons to doubt us or discount what we have to say.
So, before you go out and start giving your opinion, do your research and make sure you can defend your position. You can be extremely passionate about an issue, but if you can’t properly defend it, you’re making it that much easier for adults to overlook it. All of that fire you have won’t matter.
And not only should young activists stay informed so they are more prepared to help their cause, but all young people need to be informed. These issues affect all of us, so even if protesting isn’t for you, you still need to understand what is happening in our country and how those things will affect your life.
Young people truly are the future of this country, and not just because eventually we will grow up to be the adults ourselves. We are the future, and only hope for this country, because we think outside the box and see things from a fresh perspective that adults either can’t see or don’t want to see.
It is time for us to get informed, take a stand, and affect change.