While the nation focuses on the GOP convention here in Philadelphia, there are many voices that have not been included in the Republican Party’s policy consensus. The Shadow Convention, which is taking place at the University of Pennsylvania, is one of the forums organized in opposition to the Republican National Convention. A lesser-known convention is the National Youth Convention which is a grassroots effort that brought delegates from around the country to Philadelphia to create a youth platform.
The Youth Convention, which officially ended yesterday, addressed many issues from poverty to juvenile justice and health care. The platform attempted to discuss problems relevant to young people and generate creative solutions.
- Rick Veenstra, Chair of the Illinois College of Republicans.
- Goutam Jois, 18 year old with Youth in Action USA and in 1998 was elected Youth Governor of New Jersey.
- Jennifer Wilkie, an organizer of the National Non-Partisan Youth Convention.