According to the Center for American Progress, by the 2020 presidential election, millennials will be largest voting population, making up around forty percent of the electorate. If there is one thing we can all agree on in politics, it’s that our country is divided. What is less certain is where the future of our country is headed. Exactly how millennials will influence our collective future is the question that this project aims to uncover.
Through interviews across Colorado; a rodeo in Monte Vista, the Southern Ute Bear Dance Powwow in Ignacio, high schools across rural and urban communities, and with representatives from both the Young Republicans and Young Democrats of Colorado, this project’s focus is to humanize some of the voices of the young population in order to better understand their beliefs, where those beliefs came from, and ultimately, how they might influence the next election.
Street scene in Northwest Colorado. Craig, Colorado.
Craig Coal Station. Coal mining is one of the main topics that has divided the population. This plant is just five and a half miles away from downtown, polluting and creating microclimates due to his activity. Yet at the same time, providing the majority of the town with jobs. Craig, Colorado.
Kids from a small primary school collect leaves to play with during recess. Mountain Valley School - Saguache, Colorado
San Luis Valley landscape. Alamosa, Colorado.
A little girl waits for her turn to go on stage at The Southern Ute Bear Dance Powwow. It is during these three days that the Ute Tribe gathers to celebrate the coming of spring, symbolized by the bear coming out of hibernation. Ignacio, Colorado.
Roughhousing in the cafeteria. Saguache, Colorado.
A few miles away from the town of Saguache, there is an empty lot of land, with properties sold for a few thousand dollars per acre. People come here to settle down or use it as a place to grow marijuana, due to Amendment 64, which legalized the plant in Colorado. Saguache, Colorado.
Drug paraphenalia in an abandoned train. Montevista, Colorado.
A small gang from the suburbs of Craig. Craig, Colorado.
A young kid prepares for a mutton bustin' (sheep-riding) competition at "Spring in the Valley Rodeo." Alamosa, Colorado.
A man prepares the field for a new competition round in the "Spring in the Valley Rodeo." Alamosa, Colorado.
A homework scale representation of a Cowboy/Native American battlefield. Denver, Colorado.
Bullriders at the backstage. Alamosa, Colorado.
For most of the teenagers in rural areas, their only option is to leave their hometown looking for better job opportunities or sign up for the military as a career. This senior student is about to join the Navy, in keeping with the family tradition serving in the military. Moffat County High School - Craig, Colorado.
Box of didactic material in a middle school classroom. Denver, Colorado.
Two brothers in the parking lot outside of a rodeo. Alamosa, Colorado.
No more than 500 people inhabit the town of Saguache. There are no shopping centers or stores, which forces people to drive 45 minutes to stock up on groceries. Saguache, Colorado.
Buck, a Vietnam veteran from Texas, plays with a little boy, during a Cinco de Mayo celebration. Saguache, Colorado.
Temperamental weather moves across a playground. Craig, Colorado.
Kids entering the classroom after recess. Saguache, Colorado.
Mountain Valley School trophies. Saguache, Colorado.
Some of the kids who attend the Mountain Valley School in the town of Saguache live in poor conditions without running water and electricity. The school sometimes represents the only place where kids find shelter, affection or support. Saguache, Colorado.
The bus drops students off at a home which also fosters other children. Saguache, Colorado.