When Caroline Kennedy, daughter of former President John Kennedy, recently endorsed Barack Obama, she said one of the reasons was her three teenaged children who began "convincing" her last year. And while Kennedy's children cannot vote, the momentum of this year's election is infecting their too-young-to-vote age group.
In light of this political enthusiasm, Y-Press, a youth-media organization, is exploring the younger-than-voting-age interest in the election and issues.
The Indianapolis-based youth journalists have created two surveys to learn what kids under 18 think about the important issues and candidates of the 2008 elections.
"Many times youth voices are unheard. We feel that today's youth are invaluable resources that must be tapped," said 15-year-old editor Jonathan Gainer. "The purpose of the surveys and subsequent stories are to give youth the means to be heard."