Even though Evan (bottom right) is too young to vote, he’s dedicating his summer to working as an Obama Fellow in Las Vegas, Nevada. Here’s why:
How did you first get involved?
A history teacher of mine was a host and Chair for the Democratic caucus here in Las Vegas, so I decided that I would help out with the process. I really liked it and wanted to do more. Later, I saw on Twitter that there was an Organizing Fellows program during the summer, so I applied. Somehow I got it, and here I am.
What was your motivation for getting involved?
I was really curious as to how a presidential campaign was run. I thought that it would be an interesting and engaging experience. So far, it’s been exactly that. Also, education is an important issue to me because I plan on going to college one day. I think President Obama has done great things for college affordability, so why not help out?
How would you characterize your experience with the campaign? Any advice for those who want to join?
Being a fellow is a lot of work and it’s time-consuming, but it’s also very rewarding. It’s a unique experience in that I get to engage people from around the Las Vegas Valley and hear their stories and opinions on a number of issues. As for advice, be motivated, have a good work ethic, and be knowledgeable of the President’s policies.
What’s one skill you’ve most improved since becoming a Fellow?
Communication. I’ve learned to be able to strike up conversation with any person or voter and engage them. It’s not easy going up to people and asking for their support, but it gets easier and you get better.
What’s the most memorable moment you’ve had so far as a Fellow?
I remember going to a swap meet in North Las Vegas, a predominantly Latino part of town. Not many people spoke English, but we were able to recruit some Spanish speakers to help out and register voters. It taught me that, with teamwork, anything can be a success.
Evan is one of many young Americans working to continue the progress that President Obama has made. Join volunteers like Evan in your community -- volunteer today.