NFRW Youth Outreach Chair Lisa May (right) helps 13-year-old Catherine Haus (left) get a photo op with Dr. Ben Carson during last week's debate in Des Moines, IA.
By Lisa May
Chair, NFRW Youth Outreach Committee
The 2016 election cycle seems like it will never end, and in reality, it is just getting started. For some, like me, it is a way of life, maybe even a family affair. Being involved in our country’s political process and voicing your vote is your civic duty as a citizen of our great country.
When I was asked to serve as chair of the NFRW Youth Outreach Committee, my initial reaction was, “What do I know about youth outreach?” But never being one to back down from a challenge or an opportunity, I agreed. After thinking about it more, I laughed. Who knew I had been doing youth outreach for years and didn’t even know it!
It is a way of life in our family and at our house to teach the importance of serving your country in whatever capacity when called upon and voicing your beliefs. What is not an option is to be totally oblivious to our political system and the importance one single vote can make.
It is every citizen’s and parent’s duty to help their children understand the importance of voting and the basis on which our country was built. My daughter Lauren, who will be voting for the first time in this election cycle, has accompanied me on many political adventures -- from parades when she was little to conventions last year. Last week, she accompanied me to the Republican presidential debate in Iowa. It was the perfect opportunity to show her another view of our system at work.
During the debate, I met 13-year-old Catherine Haus, who was seated next to me. The excitement and enthusiasm on her face was so refreshing. She told me that all she wanted was a picture with any of the candidates. “Let me help you with that,” I said. During a commercial break, we made it to the front of the room where Catherine and I got a picture with Dr. Ben Carson.
NFRW Youth Outreach chair is not just a title. It is a passion and a pleasure to help young people see the importance of voting and the importance of being involved in our country’s political process.
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