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Preparing the youth for caucus night

Posted at 10:49 PM, Feb 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-03 23:49:30-05

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa. (KMTV) — Many have participated in the Iowa caucuses for years--but for some, this is their first opportunity to make their choice known.

A group of Council Bluffs teens has also been talking about the political atmosphere both in classes and outside in the real world, and that's all thanks to the help from Marsha Pilger.

"I believe if you want to have a hand in your future, you need to become an activist and get involved in the things that are going to touch your life," said Pilger.

Pilger, coordinator for the youth caucus, has been working with about a dozen teens for the last four years, all interested in politics.

She says it was her calling to help them get involved.

"I was interested in politics at the age of fourteen, so I could relate to their situation," said Pilger.

The teens have been active in sharing their thoughts on climate change, bullying and educational issues… some even door-knocking for 2020 democratic candidates, talking with voters about the big issues in the U.S.

"That's why they call themselves the Teens for Tomorrow--because they want to set the stage for the future," said Pilger.

The Teens for Tomorrow group meets outside of school when they can, some working on getting elected themselves to youth groups.