The Ripple Effect

Your whole life, you hear about becoming 18 years old - about the freedom you’ll gain and about the power you’ll finally have. So walking into my first election, I was excited to finally feel like I had a say. I was excited to vote for a better future. But on election night, seeing the results come in, I did not feel free or powerful. I felt sad. I felt confused. I felt afraid.

This is my #DoSomething story.

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Celia Duffee
Telling Stories to Create Change

The first election I ever voted in was the presidential election of 2016. I was 18 years old, only in the third month of my collegiate career, but I almost didn’t vote.

I honestly did not believe that Donald Trump would become our president, but I now know I was very naïve. I was just learning the ropes of the political playground. I did not think that my voice mattered in politics.

This is my #DoSomething story.

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Sam Stroozas
Do Something Powerful, Wisconsin

I grew up in Minnesota and came of age during the Paul Wellstone years. Today, I continue to be guided by his belief that, “We all do better when we all do better.” So, like many, I struggled in the months that followed Trump’s election.

This is my #DoSomething story.

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Sarah O'Neill