There are so many different ways to follow the news besides just sitting down to watch the nightly news on TV. Here are some of ATP's favorite resources to get involved and informed in ways you might not have thought of.
Call your legislator
Calling your legislator is one of the best ways to get involved in your community. It is also one of the best ways to make sure your elected officials hear your voice, your opinions, and your concerns. Calling a legislator shows commitment to an issue.
How will one phone call influence policy or change someone's mind?
If no one calls, nothing will happen. If everyone thought like that, representatives wouldn't be able to represent the people they serve. It is quite literally the job of these people to listen to you. Calling a legislator builds pressure on important issues, and also serves as a reminder of what is important to the people they serve. Think of it like this: if a legislator gets one thousand calls from constituents saying that they will vote against them in the next election if they take a certain stance on a bill, they might think twice about their position and change their vote.
Who do I talk to? How do I do it?
Below are all of the resources you will need to call your elected representatives. Download the All Teen Politics' Guide to Calling a Legislator to get a step-by-step breakdown of the process. Listed next to the document are two other resources referenced in our guide that will be useful for you. Don't hesitate to reach out with questions!
Challenge your perspective
Jubilee has been my absolute favorite YouTube channel for years now. I can honestly say that their videos have changed and furthered my thinking on so many different topics. Their videos are incredibly entertaining and thought provoking, and I can't recommend them enough. They have so many different series to explore with a wide variety of topics. Here are two videos I loved watching.