Magazine article New Internationalist

'Our Time' for American Youth

Magazine article New Internationalist

'Our Time' for American Youth

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Whan Matthew Segal was an undergraduate student at Kenyon College in central Ohio, he helped register hundreds of first-time voters through an organization he created. The Student Association for Voter Empowerment (SAVE) was committed to Increasing the number of young voters in the US by promoting civic education and removing access barriers.

After graduation in 2008 Segal realized that not enough had changed for him and his peers - the job market was still cut-throat, economic incentives for youth were few and far between and political leaders mostly ignored American youth on important issues. Voting, it seemed, was not enough.

'We get all excited around an election... like that is the end goal of our civic duty. But to me, voting is just the beginning,' Segal says. 'Ultimately, If we're going to take ownership of the problems that face our country we need to engage our citizens in a more sustainable way.' That's why Segal launched Our Time in 2011 -a not-for-profit organization that encourages Americans under 30 to engage with state and federal governments on issues that are important to them, to vote, and to 'Buy Young' - or support businesses created and run by American youth. …

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