How did you first come to the campaign?
In 2008, when I was 10 years old, I heard President Obama’s speech accepting the nomination. I remember I got the impression that everything he was saying was really about equality and fairness: treating people who aren’t well-off fairly, treating women fairly, treating disadvantaged people fairly. So, being the person I am, I started researching his positions on everything, and the more I learned, the more I realized that these are the same things I believe government should be about.
In 2010, I was asked to speak at a rally in North Carolina about health care reform. I talked about my family—my mom had a cerebral aneurysm and my two brothers are autistic. We were lucky because we had health care, but I can’t imagine what it would’ve been like if he didn’t have it. Again, health care is about fairness—making sure every family can afford it.
Soon after that I started volunteering, and started the North Carolina Association of Teen Democrats Minority Caucus. And next week, our group will be doing the Let’s Move! dance at the 2012 convention!
What does a day as a volunteer look like to you?
I’m a part of two student groups whose primary goal is voter registration—so I do a lot of that. On a typical day, we’ll all travel together to some area, and break up into partners or small groups to go out canvassing. I always pair up with my friend Adrienne. Adrienne is really fun, and I’m kind of pushy—so if we’re talking to someone at the front door and they get kind of distracted with the game on the living room TV, Adrienne will jump in and get them laughing about something silly, and then I’ll jump in and make sure they fill out the form. It really works out!
What's your favorite part of your role?
It’s really all about voter registration for me. It’s fun, and at the end of the day you can step back and feel proud of what you accomplished as a group.
What’s the most unexpected part of your role?
Sometimes we go to some really rural areas to do voter registration, like places that only have one doctor in town. Since there’s not much of a population, and since these areas are pretty conservative, you don’t really expect to register a lot of voters—but we usually do! Just the other week, we went to an area like that and registered over 40 voters.
Tell us a fun fact about yourself.
I love to laugh and see others laugh. Whether running track and field or cross country, or registering voters, I always find a way to laugh.