Youth Activists Discuss Generation Z’s Role in U.S. Politics at IOP Forum | News


A panel of youth activists discussed the role young people play in American politics at a forum hosted Tuesday evening at the Harvard Institute of Politics.

The panel — moderated by Alicia J. Menendez ’05 — featured the IOP’s longtime polling director, John Della Volpe, along with climate activist Sophia Kianni, gun control advocate David M. Hogg ’23, and 2021 Time Magazine Kid of the Year Orion M. Jean.

The group discussed efforts encouraging young people to participate in politics and activism.

In an interview after the event, Hogg highlighted the importance of youth activism, but said it can often be “really hard work.”

“It is exhausting work,” he said. “It is especially exhausting for the people that need the most help in the first place.”

Hogg said many young people are discouraged by aspects of the American political system, pointing to the filibuster.

Kianni, who serves as the U.S. representative on the United Nations’ Youth…

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