Culver spurs SL youth to claim their political role

Thursday, February 1, 2001

Iowa's Secretary of State Chet Culver brought a message of government and its impact on Iowa's youth to the Storm Lake Middle School yesterday.

"A lot of older people think young people aren't interested in politics," Culver said. "But if you give young people an opportunity they're very responsive and very excited about the political arena."

Culver talked with seventh and eighth graders as part of his mission to visit schools in every one of Iowa's 99 counties. He stopped in Storm Lake between public hearings on Iowa's election system. His message to them teens is "get involved."

"Once young people are invited into the experience they see how worthwhile it is and are eager to roll up their sleeves and get involved," he said.

Culver was also recruiting people to sign up for the Iowa State Political Awareness Club (ISPAC), an effort he started after arriving in office to get Iowa's youth into politics.

Since Culver started ISPAC in 1999 more than 3,500 students from 250 schools across the state have joined.

Read the rest of this article in the 2/01 Pilot Tribune.

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