How to Get Involved in the Political Process
Bridge the Divide seeks to promote political diversity and tolerance through substantive conversation and the sharing of opinions.
One of the best ways to shape politics with such ideals is to get involved! Volunteering or working/interning with a political official, campaign, organization, or initiative allows you to mark the political scene with your unique voice (especially for under-18 high school activists) and ensure a future prosperity for the state of national and global politics for our generation.
We are sharing a few opportunities with you, and we highly encourage you to get involved on your own! If you are involved with or are aware of worthy political campaigns, organizations, or initiatives across the political spectrum, please feel free to share those with BTD so that other young people around the world can get involved, too.
Engage with an Organization, Cause, or Initiative
Engage with Young America's Foundation
"Committed to ensuring young Americans understand and are inspired by individual freedom, strong national defense, free enterprise, and traditional values"
To check out YAF, visit their website:
Engage with Change Climate Change
"Students dedicated to curbing climate change through appeals to policymakers regarding specific legislation"
To check out Change Climate Change, visit their website, http://www.changeclimatechange.net.
Engage with Duke Open-Campus Coalition
"We believe there is a large silent majority of students on campus who also think that a lot of these demands are pretty ludicrous, but they’re afraid to say things in public, or to publish something in the student newspaper, because they’re afraid of being attacked personally through [ad hominem attacks] like ‘bigot’... or whitewashed."
To check out the DOCC, visit their Facebook page, @DukeOpenCampusCoalition.
Engage with Voluntaires ONU (Online Volunteering UN)
"The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) program contributes to peace and development through volunteerism worldwide. Online volunteering allows organizations and volunteers to team up to address sustainable development challenges – anywhere in the world, from any device. Online volunteering is fast, easy – and most of all, effective. When skilled, passionate individuals join forces online with great organizations working toward sustainable development goals, everyone wins."
To check out the UNV, visit their page.
Engage with Princeton Open-Campus Coalition
"When all students, regardless of race or ideology, feel welcome to participate in the campus conversation, arguments will inevitably be advanced that make most people uncomfortable. Good. Offense and discomfort are signs that one’s preconceived notions are being challenged. That is what is supposed to happen in a university worthy of the name."
To check out the POCC, visit their Facebook page, @PrincetonOpenCampusCoalition.
Engage with the Young Republicans National Federation
"Growth. Opportunity. Prosperity. For all."
To check out YRNF, visit their website:
Engage with Dartmouth Open-Campus Coalition
"We, undergraduate students of Dartmouth College, have established the DOCC to join the Princeton Open Campus Coalition in protecting diversity of thought and the right of all students to advance their academic and personal convictions in an environment free from intimidation."
To check out the DOCC, visit their Facebook page, @DartmouthOCC.
Engage with The Aspen Institute's Youth & Engagement Programs
"The Aspen Institute has earned a reputation for gathering diverse, nonpartisan thought leaders, creatives, scholars and members of the public to address some of the world's most complex problems. But the goal of these convenings is to have an impact beyond the conference room. They are designed to provoke, further and improve actions taken in the real world."
To check out the Aspen Institute, visit their Facebook page, @AspenInstitute or @AspenInstYouth.
Engage with Junior State of America (JSA)
"Our mission is to strengthen American democracy by educating and preparing high school students for life-long involvement and responsible leadership in a democratic society. In the student-run Junior State and summer institutes, participants learn statesmanship as they engage in political discourse. They cultivate democratic leadership skills, challenge one another to think critically, advocate their own opinions, develop respect for opposing views and learn to rise above self-interest to promote the public good."
To check out JSA, visit their Facebook page,