Why Millenials Should Pay Attention to Elections

Your community and nation is run by people who let their voices be heard. Choose not to speak up, and you choose to exclude yourself from participating in your nation’s decisions. We at FHSS are here to help you get your voice out there. And we’ve got experts to help you do it.

In our Twitter discussion (#AskAnFHSSExpert) with political science professor Dr. Earl Fry, we learned a few things about what you might want to know and do in order to master the art of civic engagement. And it was all because of the voices we heard, and the questions they asked.

Three Tips for Making Your Voice be Heard

 1.Recognize the importance of your generation. @emilyj912 asks:

Millennials are the future of the country. How do you suggest millenials become more interested in the future of America?

“We are a ‘Can Do’ nation” says Dr. Fry. And he believes millenials can play a key role in helping America’s future.”An         educated electorate, especially among millenials, will mean that those running for office must listen to you and also             consider your solutions to current problems.”

2. Ask experts about what the issues are, and how to get involved. @manderson_a5 asked:

What would you have millennials pay attention to during this upcoming election?


3. Identify challenges specific to YOUR community: and confront them head on. Check out this question from @emilyj912:

This ever-important question is one we would all like to be able to answer. Emily recognizes that there are real problems facing the United States. And she wants to know how to overcome them

Dr. Fry responds: “An educated electorate, especially among millennials, will mean that those running for office must listen to you and consider your solutions to current problems. We need…the average Joe and Jane [to be given] a meaningful voice. We as [Americans]…have overcome differences before; and if we know how serious are the problems we face in a rapidly changing world, we will band together and embrace workable solutions for the good of national progress and stability.”

“What do you do to let your voice be heard in your community?”

Twitter Party How-To’s

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A BYU College of Family, Home, and Social Sciences Twitter party is your chance to chat online with an expert author about current issues having to do with politics, the family, psychology, mental illness, anthropology, economics, geography, history, neuroscience, and family history.Participating is not difficult. It’s similar to a real-life party, with various discussions going on simultaneously.From anywhere in the world, just sign in to Twitter at the specified time. You don’t have to be a BYU faculty member or student. If you’re new to Twitter, check out this pre-party tutorial. A Twitter veteran? Come and meet new friends. Feel like you don’t have time for Twitter? Stay for 5 minutes or an hour. Join us on your lunch break!

How Do I Participate?

  • If you have not signed up yet, go to Twitter and get an account.
  • RSVP for the party by commenting at the bottom of the party post, or ttcap1weeting @byu_fhss RSVP (name of party). Include your Twitter URLso that you can follow other participants, and they can follow tcap2.PNGyou! It’s a great way to get like-minded followers. RSVPing also gets you entered in any giveaways that will be going on during the party.
  • Log on to Twitter just before the party, and search for tweets with the hashtag #AskAnFHSSExpert.


How Do the FHSS Twitter Book Clubs Relate to Your Mission?

Our mission is to study patterns of human behavior from diverse disciplinary approaches. As the name implies, our college is particularly concerned with studying the family as the basic unit of society. The many institutes and centers within the college provide opportunities for faculty and students to further research and disseminate scholarship. Students in the college gain a broad education that helps them develop an appreciation of the values of modern civilization and prepares them to contribute effectively as citizens. Many of the departments and programs housed within the college provide opportunities for student learning outside the classroom through internships and faculty-mentored teaching and research experiences.
These Twitter book clubs are generally focused on books published by faculty members for a lay audience. They are an opportunity to discuss in real time the relevance of the subject matter to everyday life.

Do These Book Club Parties Have Sponsors?

They are not sponsored by brands or commercial parties, so the opinions offered therein by the author and the college are unbiased. BYU’s College of Family, Home, and Social Sciences does not accept responsibility for the opinions of general participants.
And our refreshments are “virtual,” so participation is healthy not only for your mind, but for your body!