unique date idea: Go to a town hall meeting or another local political session

           – Every Tuesday, 7pm. If you are in New York City , you can go to the town hall meetings held every week by your city council people. They are open to everyone. You can bring up issues or concerns with them or even just thank them for things they have done recently in the community. This is a great way to get involved in local politics, meet like-minded people, and make a difference. Don’t be afraid to bring up your issues – all of the meetings are recorded so you can’t hurt their credibility!

This is also a great way for young people (or anyone!) to get into politics because it’s very low pressure compared to talk shows or rallies, etc. If you have an issue that you are passionate about, just go to the meeting and bring it up with them!

– The local library may also have a schedule of their town hall meetings. Whether they are open to the public or not is something you could ask at the desk when you get there. This would be a great date because it’s usually free (library fines notwithstanding) and you’re learning together. You can also bring up your concerns or compliments with them too!

– The city council members may also have similar town hall meetings that are specifically for teens. They may be on Saturdays, which is probably why they weren’t listed at the libraries, but it’s worth checking out! Ask your parents first before you go, but this is a great opportunity for you to get involved too.

– If these town hall meetings aren’t your thing, many colleges do open forums where the school president or dean will answer questions or concerns about the college. You can usually find out more about them through your college’s admissions office. This would be a great way to learn about the college, seeing as you will probably be attending in a few years!

– In your household, you may have local businesses or services that have customer advisory boards where people from the community come and give feedback on what works and doesn’t work with these businesses. You can attend their meetings too! Ask your parents if they use any of these businesses or go to their websites to see if they have an advisory board. This would be a good way for you and future college students to get some money back on this date 😉

– You could also work together with one of your teachers to set up a meeting with the principal at your school. If you’re already further along in school, ask a college counselor to help set up a meeting as well! This is something that parents could do as well, asking the principal questions about their children’s success at school or if there are any issues they can help with.

– You could also attend local open houses for homes and businesses so you can get insight as to what they do. Many businesses or politicians will promote their open houses either at the library, town hall meetings, or on their websites. This is a great way for you and your future college students to get some insight on what it’s like beyond the classroom!

– Finally, if you feel extremely passionate about an issue, you can do a rally or protest in favor of whatever it is that’s important to you! This is definitely the most intimidating option and probably needs more help from your parents, but this would be a small, yet effective way for you and future college students to get involved. Just know that there is usually some risk in protesting (e.g. getting arrested), so you should probably be doing this one with a parent if you have to cross state lines.

– If none of these options are available, I would at least recommend going to a city council meeting or something similar in your area to see what happens behind the scenes. You will get a lot out of it and find out what goes on in a political session! This is a great way to get more comfortable with the whole idea of going to a town hall or something similar.

– If you feel like learning more, check out some of these hashtags on twitter– they may help you get involved for future dates: #townhallmeeting #teenrally #yestocorruption #studentvoice #schoolboard #citycouncil

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