Anderson's Fall Youth Conference provides dialogue, chance to learn for future voters
Republican state Sen. Neil Anderson’s fourth annual Fall Youth Advisory Council brought high school students from District 36 together for a day of civics education.
“It’s a great opportunity to bring kids in from my district, usually juniors and seniors in high school, and allow them to brainstorm and go through the political process and find out what is important to them,” Anderson said in a YouTube video promoting the event.
The session took place Oct. 29 at the Western Illinois University Quad Cities Campus in Moline.
A press release from the senator’s website said students listened to Anderson speak about government and also observed a panel discussion with Paul Rumler, president of the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce; Lori Bippus, communications manager for Deere and Co.; Pryce Boeye, president and CEO of Hungry Hobo; and Mike Thomas, mayor of Rock Island.
In the video, Anderson said he relished the opportunity to hear from the next generation of voters.
Moline High School student Grant Jacobs said in the video attending the council supports his political career aspirations.
“I came here because this would be a great opportunity for me to engage with other students that are deeply interested and want to become involved in politics,” Jacobs said. “I believe this is a great place to be at.”
Emily Buikema of Rock Falls Township High School said in the video council attendance helped her learn about other political perspectives.
“Of course, the connections here are going to be really great” down the road, Buikema said. “Getting to know Neil Anderson and what he stands for and also the other kids’… perspective as compared to my own” would be assets, she added.
Josh Hammer of Erie High School said he recently turned 18 and was looking forward to voting. The conference enabled him to “focus on the right policies that are of value to me,” he said.
Anderson has another session scheduled in the spring, when participants will go to the state capitol, the release said.