It's funny that most teenagers these days disregard politics as an "adult thing" because they wrongly perceive that because they can't quite vote yet, they can't get involved in politics and "make a difference" in the political realm. Yet, most of the teenagers who want to be "politically aware" skim media headlines about the federal government-- Trump said WHAT?! But, how can teenagers be politically aware if they cannot name their city's mayor? Respective state legislators? Standing school board members? Town's commissioner? Or any local political candidate for that matter? The heart of politics isn't necessarily in Washington DC; the REAL stuff is in LOCAL governments. The individuals holding local office positions and the decisions they make have more influence over who they govern than one of Congress's bits of legislation or the President's executive orders. Most of what gets passed on Capitol Hill usually doesn't trickle down to your average citizen-- let alone your average teenager. If teenagers desire to be "politically aware", they have to have a general understanding of their respective local governments before they concern themselves with Trump's latest tweet.
But it's not the teenagers' fault for for not knowing about local politics. It's the school's. Whatever talk about politics in school is usually involves sweeping generalizations about federal politics, NOTHING about LOCAL politics! Schools need to take that initiative in terms of discussing local and state elections, officials, legislation etc. This is critical to creating a politically-aware population of good citizens in the future.
This lack of local political involvement and awareness-- relative to your average citizen's awareness of the federal government-- does not just apply to youth. Most adults only have a vague, if any, idea of local government occurrences, simply because they don't find them important or "worthy of concern." This can be seen in the voters' general lack of turnout on off year elections. Yet, the people who you elect as local officials and their decisions have much more impact on your daily life-- if new local legislation is passed, you would realize it immediately and experience the change firsthand. Just because local politics isn't jazzed up in media doesn't mean that it's still not important.
Kudos to anyone who read this far! Thank YOU!!