Your View: Youth should speak louder

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To the editor:
    
In an ideal world, every young person would be engaged in his or her community and vote in every election. Sadly, we dont live in an ideal world, but I do hope we can make our current world a little better and that is the reason I write to the Times.
     
In 2008 we saw a groundswell of youth activism and civic engagement in Alexandria and across America. It is time for young people to return to activism and get engaged in their community. The City of Alexandria prides itself in civic engagement, but the youth demographic can still do more to make life better in our city.
    
With baby boomers reaching retirement age, the future we are waiting for is right now! It is time for young people age 18 to 35 to become civically involved in order to make Alexandria a better place to live, work and grow.
    
A recent population distribution of Alexandria, found the average age to be 34, with 43.5 percent of the population to be between the ages of 25-44. Alexandria is made up of young people, yet the civic engagement comes from the older demographic. It is time for change.
     
I urge all the young citizens of Alexandria, no matter what political party you belong to, to get involved and register to vote in the next election. This is our moment to impact our city. Seize it!

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