Waubonsie Valley High School hosted a Candidate Fair and Forum, where individuals running for local, state and national races could speak to students and the community.
The event was part of the Mikva Challenge, which encourages young people to be engaged in politics.
“This year we’re excited to have Libertarians, and Green Party members as well as Republicans and Democrats, so it’s very non-partisan. The Mikva Network goes under the moto to make democracy a verb, and so we’re trying to get action civics out of our kids, to give them opportunities to go out and do democracy instead of just learning in a classroom,” said Chris Wolak, Head Advisor for Waubonsie’s Youth and Government Club, and teacher at Waubonsie.
After spending time mingling with candidates and their representatives, student government leaders from all 204 high schools led a Q & A with each candidate, with questions submitted by students.
“I think that’s always important, at a young age to have interest, to be engaged. It’s not just your mom and dad’s democracy, it’s yours too,” said Wolak.
The League of Women Voters was also on hand, registering people to vote.
Naperville News 17’s Evan Summers reports.
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