Nathan Grabau, Former Libertarian Party of Colorado State Chairman
As a 19 year old libertarian activist, and having served as the Chairman of the Libertarian Party of Colorado, I get asked the same question ALL THE TIME, “How do we get young people involved?” I am going to answer this question, but I would like to quickly start out with something you probably shouldn’t do. Do not asking every person under the age of 40, “How could I get someone like you to come to our event?”
This is a bad question. I have never seen anyone who was asked this question give a good answer . Putting them on the spot by asking them an awkward question you have made it hard for them to be at your event, so they probably won’t be coming to your next one.
When I came to my first LP event, it wasn’t because I wanted to be asked questions, it's because I wanted to learn more about what these Libertarians were about. Now how do we get young people involved? The answer is actually pretty simple, don’t scare them away! I see people that are my age at Libertarian events all the time, but when they are swarmed and not just treated like another person in the group, they don’t come back. If we just stopped scaring them away, they would stick around!
We(people like me) just want to be a part of the group. I know that is not the answer you want to hear, but if you are honest, and you think about the number of young people who have shown up at your events, you will agree with me when I say that we have “a young person retention problem, not a young person outreach people.” When someone who you identify as “young” shows up to one of your events, do not smother them, let them just be another person in the group, and they will come back!