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2022 Teen Spirit

Tom Quinn

For seven years running, Quinn, a teacher at Central High, has been funneling young folks’ passion and energy into the civic arena via Philly Youth Votes, the nonpartisan group of teachers, activists and students he organized to register 18-year-olds to cast ballots. The fruits of that labor? A stronger democracy, especially this year: Pennsylvania ranks first among states where young voters have the biggest impact on Senate and gubernatorial races. Who you campaigning to, Dr. Oz?