Released on: February 20, 2008, 12:41 pm

Press Release Author: High School Young Democrats


Press Release Summary: The National High School Young Democrats organization plans
for further outreach as youth participation reaches historic levels.

Press Release Body: In the last month and half, youth participation in Democratic
primaries has reached historic levels. In the first four states where data is
available (Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Florida), the percent of the
electorate represented by youth (ages 18-29) has grown by an average of 4.25% over
2004. Even though Democratic turnout reached its highest levels this year, youth
participation grew even faster.

"We expect this new excitement to translate to the youth vote becoming a huge voting
bloc in November" says National Chair Alicia Forio, a high school senior. The High
School Young Democrats of America has outlined an extensive plan that will work to
solidify this bloc.

In addition to their weekly conference calls, the High School caucus will be meeting
in Anaheim, California March 2 to discuss the future of the high school movement,
and the next steps toward increasing youth involvement in politics.

The Young Democrats of America High School Caucus is making its executive board
members available to the press to discuss the new vitality of the youth movement.
Please contact Press Secretary Allen Gannett,, to coordinate
an interview or obtain information for an article.

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