JOPLIN, MO.--- A member of the Missouri government talks to students about the importance of being involved in politics. State Representative Bill White talked to teenagers from the youth program "Voices" about how the campaign process works. The workshop primarily focused on the importance of voting and how the system operates.
"If you want to make a change, if you want things to be better, you have to be involved," said Representative Bill White, Missouri District 161.
Missouri State Representative Bill White encourages teens to become educated on political issues.
"If you aren't involved, and things go bad, in my opinion, you don't really have a whole lot of room to complain, because you haven't gone to the trouble to be involved," said White.
Today, his audience is a group from Voices, a program focused on helping youth transition from school to work.
"It is important that our youth know about voting and the responsibility that it takes to be an active citizen," said Lorraine Wilder, Voices Program Director.
White tells them regardless of their views, it's their duty to participate in elections.
"Voting is a right, but it's also a responsibility," said White.
"The youth are our future and they need to know what their responsibilities are," said Wilder.
He hopes his message helps prepare students to make a difference.
"Leadership skills are just so important in your success in life. Not only monetary, but accomplishing things. What are your goals?" said White.
This is the third workshop held by Voices this week. There will be one more tomorrow at 4 p.m. at the Talkington Foundation in Neosho, where Representative Bill Lant will share a similar message. They're hosting the workshops in preparation for ambassador elections within the organization.
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