We hear that students aren't getting involved in politics post Obama election, but the reality looks different.
Campus Progress and HuffPost College have put together a national keynote contest that will give 3 young people the chance to attend and address the 2010 Campus Progress National Conference, July 7 in DC. The videos of the top six contestants contradict what we've heard. They make clear that many in this new generation are staying involved and have important things to say:
they're challenging the parameters of what's possible. David, an undocumented immigrant, a UCLA student, and a great speaker is putting his story out to advocate for immigration reform. Not only have they not checked out but they're boycotting marriage in support of the LGBT community, as Alok has done. They've taken painful pasts, family stories that are tragic and heart breaking and used them as a catalyst to prove that it's not where you're from but where you're going that matters – as Jamira and Kevin have done. They fought for health care- even when the pundits ignored them, they formed organizations like Jennifer has done, and they've pushed back on the notion of family values as Michael has done.
In general, check out HuffPost college.