My name is Griffin Marie, I’m 16 years old, and I moved to Connecticut a few years ago. I wanted to get involved in the Obama campaign for a few reasons: My family and I share the President’s visions and values, there’s a big appeal in doing something for the community, and it doesn’t hurt with college applications, either! I’ve been really enjoying it so far.
I had been looking for an opportunity to jump into the campaign earlier this year. I thought it was pretty cool how they were applying aspects of the President’s life into the campaign—like his background in community organizing. So I’ve been working as a campaign fellow this whole summer. I’m heading into my junior year of high school, so I won’t have a ton of time in the fall. I’ve got SATs, driver’s ed, and AP classes, but I still love what I do—so I’m going to contribute as much time as possible.
Luckily, the campaign makes volunteering really easy with Dashboard. I know I’m only 16, but I’ve studied a lot of campaigns, and the idea of having an online field office is revolutionary in a lot of ways. I’ve recently taken on the role as the head of Connecticut’s Dashboard, and there are so many other roles of all different sizes that people can take on. The campaign is all about connecting people with volunteers. That’s how it worked in 2008, and obviously it was a success, because our guy is at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
My favorite thing to do as a volunteer is canvassing. I’ve taken a few trips to New Hampshire to knock on doors and get people involved in the campaign, and I thought they were a lot of fun and really successful for the most part. You have good days and bad, and canvassing trips are no exception, but it’s always a lot of fun. Really, though, the best part is just getting to connect with other people who believe in what you believe in, and getting to know people who enjoy the same thing that you’re enjoying yourself. People on this campaign have a real sense of duty and passion. I’ve had people tell me that they’ll go up to New Hampshire to canvass for the day, no questions asked—they just do it out of passion. It’s pretty inspiring.
We all have our reasons for supporting the President, and for me, there are a few things in particular that are really important. The President’s push to make college more affordable, for example, is going to impact me tremendously in the future. I’m going to be applying for school in a year, and the idea that I can easily get a student loan is reassuring. It’s good to know that someone has your back. Also, with Obamacare, I can stay on my parents’ insurance until I’m 26 years old, so just in case something happens, I know that there’s something in place to help me out. And I like that President Obama is investing in job creation, because it’ll put me in a much better position when I leave college.
I would advise all the voters out there to look up the facts. If you do, you’ll see why so many people are behind President Obama. I would also say to get involved—every little bit counts. And who knows: The people you influence to volunteer could become the best canvassers of all time. If we’ve learned anything from past experience, it’s that a few votes can decide an election.
Join Griffin and start organizing in your neighborhood today.