Anchorage Youth Vote is a nonpartisan organization that works to empower youth to vote and be engaged in the democratic process. In a normal year they would be putting on mock elections, hosting candidate forums for state-wide races, and getting into the community to educate youth about the rights and responsibilities of living in a democratic society.

This year, as we all know, is quite different. There is a presidential election, but when you add on an increasingly divided political climate, ongoing protests over systemic racism and police brutality, and a global pandemic, Youth Vote’s work becomes much more challenging.

So on today’s episode we’re going to hear from two of the organization’s members. Tuan Graziano, who has been a member since 2014, and Ava Earl, who’s been with them for about a month now.

They spoke with ATMI producers Riley Taylor and Daisy Carter over Zoom on October 18th, 2020.

Hosted by Jeremiah Freeman.

Music by Kendrick Whiteman.



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