PRESTONSBURG, HOPKINSVILLE, LEXINGTON--- Members of the Kentucky Student Environmental Coalition’s Political Working Group kicked off a new political education series this Thursday in Prestonsburg, Hopkinsville, and Lexington. These workshops, scheduled in three locations around the state, cover a range of topics from grassroots organizing to meeting with decision-makers. The goal of the workshops is to instill the confidence and knowledge in a new generation of young leaders to make change within our commonwealth.
KSEC began the series in response to a general feeling of anxiety amongst young people regarding the current political climate, both at the national and local level. “Young Kentuckians are not apathetic. A lot of us are not civically engaged because we aren’t sure how to navigate the political arena, how to effectively get our voices heard, or if anyone is even listening,” KSEC state organizer Cara Cooper said. “Our Political Education Series is helping young people understand that they are not alone in wanting better representation from our elected officials and learn how to be a part of a coordinated effort to uplift our voices and ensure that candidates and elected officials know what issues are most important to young voters.”
Participant Mina Meade explains what she would like to take away from the series: “I hope to learn about the passions and catalysts tucked inside youths, and give them the skills they need to make a better future for themselves and their families.”
Additional workshops will be held on October 12th, November 9th, and December 14th in Prestonsburg, Hopkinsville, Lexington, and Louisville.