This Election Day is one of the most buzzed-about moments in US history – but the lessons we learn from it will last for many generations. TWIST recently caught up with singer and actress Alyson Stoner and asked her to tell us about the importance of the election and voting – and what young people can do to get involved even beyond heading to the polls. Check out what she shared with us below.
This election in particular is incredibly significant, in my opinion. Just seeing how people are being brought together and how they are being disconnected throughout this election shows me that as a people, as a population, as a community, and as country we have a lot of different perspectives on things. We all come from a different areas, and have different beliefs and priorities.
It is essential to understand where everyone is coming from and look at what the best possible solution is for everyone, as a people. That happens by listening and knowing your own filters. You might not even realize that you think certain ways depending on where you’re brought up, but it doesn’t mean that is the only way to see something.
Becoming informed and getting involved is crucial to standing confidently and knowing how you can be a part of the solution and being a part of positive changes as opposed to just looking back and going "wow, I don’t know how we are going to solve this or where our country is going."
It starts with education, it starts with self-awareness, knowing why you see things the way you see them and then checking in and saying "let me examine my own beliefs here. Is this the best answer for everyone, or is the kind of self-focused and am I only thinking about what would benefit me?"
As you get older, you have a responsibility being a part of this country to know what's happening, why it’s happening, how we got here, and we we are headed if we stay on this course.
Get involved, talk to people, ask questions, listen, do your research. I know it can be overwhelming because you don’t know who to believe or even what they are talking about, but start now, because when you are ready to vote, and when you are able to vote, you can make an informed decision and feel confident knowing you are a part of the solution, and not the problem.
As told to John Panichella