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Author: Emily Popek

Emily F. Popek is a freelance writer and communications specialist serving K-12 school districts in upstate New York. She is the author of three nonfiction books for young readers.

Posted March 10, 2018, 5 a.m. by Emily Popek | View Comments
Placard for teen activists that says today we march; tomorrow we vote.

“A generation of activists.” That’s how Richard West, lead instructor of the Pre-College Politics, Activism and Leadership Institute at Emerson College in Boston, describes the teenagers of today. And high school students are lining up to take their activism to the next level at summer programs like Emerson’s. The institute and other political-action programs offer young people a way to channel passion into thoughtful and informed action, West said. “You can express a viewpoint on Facebook, but that’s different than expressing a viewpoint to decision-makers,” West said, adding, “A lot of people look at a teenager as having no credibility.” ...