Our girl, actress, and activist, Yara Shahidi has just turned 18 and for the big 1-8, she has decided to activate a voter initiative entitled #EightenX18. Eighteen X 18 is a creative platform to engage the younger generation to speak their truth, get active and vote! It is designed to uplift generation Z and encourage them to take action into their own hands. Through this platform, they will be able to discover the issues that impact them through their own stories and experiences.
“It’s more clear than ever that young people have both social and political power in our country, and it’s so important that everyone turning 18 this year engages in the political process,” Shahidi said in a statement.
The platform will include features on candidates and young people who are taking a stance and shaking things up. It will help explain how the U.S political system works and segments that break down issues like criminal-justice reform, immigration, the environment and gun reform.
The project is in partnership with NowThis, a social-activism agency. The president of NowThis Athan Stephanopoulos has compared the campaign to MTV’s Rock the Vote. “Yara is an incredible influence and a leader among her peers, and we couldn’t be more excited to partner with her to bring Eighteen x 18 to our young and engaged audience,” he said.
We can’t wait to see the content and change that is developed through this initiative. Like Oprah said, Shahidi’s future is so bright it burns our eyes. Keep creating change for your generation Yara!
Follow the movement on Snapchat: @eighteenx18 and head over to the website for more info: www.eighteenx18.com.