Will the Youth Vote Matter?
Complete video at: http://fora.tv/2008/07/22/The_Youth_Vote_and_the_2008_Election Youth vote activist Justin Rockefeller examines the impact of new technologies on younger voters, and argues that new levels of participation among this demographic may have positive benefits for Barack Obama's Presidential campaign. ----- On July 22nd 2008, The Century Foundation (TCF) hosted the second installment in its summer 2008 public policy lunch series for New York City interns with a forum, "The Incredible Youth Vote: Will the Youth Vote Have the Strength to Decide the 2008 Presidential Election?" TCF gathered a panel of experts to lead an interactive discussion with nearly 100 young people from the NYC area on the potential political power of the youth vote, and the various legal and social factors that election year after election year keep this demographic of voters from actively engaging in the political process. Forum speakers included, Tova Wang, Vice President of Research for Common Cause and Democracy Fellow at The Century Foundation; Justin Rockefeller, Co-founder and National Program Director of GenerationEngage, Maya Enista, Chief Executive Officer of Mobilize.org, Mark Hugo Lopez, Associate Director of the Pew Hispanic Center; and Ben Adler, Staff Writer for Politico - The Century Foundation Justin Rockefeller is co-founder and national program director of GenerationEngage (www.GenerationEngage.org), a nonpartisan youth-civic-engagement initiative that connects young Americans particularly those who fall outside the boundaries of university campuses to one another, to political leaders, and to other civic organizations. He has received, on behalf of GenerationEngage, two awards: the 2007 Common Cause Andrew Heiskell Youth Democracy in Action Award, and the 2008 Edwin Powell Hubble Medal of Initiative. He serves on the boards of The Alliance for the Arts, Population Council, Japan Society, and the Rockefeller Family Fund, and was appointed by the governor to the New York State Commission on National and Community Service. In addition, he serves on the National Leadership Council of GLSEN (the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network), on the Executive Committee of The International Council of The Museum of Modern Art, and on the advisory boards of America Forward and Children for Children.