“When life gives you lemons, you can’t make lemonade unless you know where the sugar and water are,” proclaims Tamara Anderson. She’s a representative of Philadelphia’s Caucus of Working Educators with a resounding voice able to capture any listener. Not an eye strays from the stage and not a whisper escapes as every person in the room awaits Anderson’s next words.
On Saturday, September 22nd, teams of young people wearing matching T-shirts and sporting ready-for-change attitudes gathered at the Vote That Jawn event in Hamilton Commons at WHYY-TV Studios to devise strategies to bring fresh voters in Philadelphia to the polls this November for midterm elections. But, from the start of the event, it was clear that the Jawn’s impact on the youth and their communities would be much more far-reaching than just registering new voters.