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Penn State To Host March For Our Lives Founder David Hogg April 1

Six years following the school shooting that altered the lives of David Hogg and many others at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, Hogg is channeling his efforts into helping members of Gen Z run for state and political office.

Penn State will host Hogg at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 1, in the HUB’s Alumni Hall as he discusses his new venture “Leaders We Deserve.” Sponsored by the McCourtney Institute for Democracy in the College of the Liberal Arts, Hoggs will focus on how to encourage Gen Z to engage in politics and run for political positions.

Following the school shooting that took place in February 2018 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Hogg and several of his peers started the March for Our Lives movement to fight for the reduction of gun violence.

Over the past six years, March for Our Lives has encouraged younger generations to vote for progressive issues like gun control and universal background checks. Now, Hogg aims to encourage Gen Z to take its progress to the next level by running for elected office in their cities or states.

Hogg co-founded Leaders We Deserve with Kevin Lata, who was responsible for leading Maxwell Frost’s 2022 campaign and making him the first member of Gen Z to be elected to Congress. Lata and Hogg want to continue these efforts by encouraging those under 35 to run for Congress and those under 30 to run for state legislature.

They are also building off of efforts made by organizations such as Run for Something and Future Caucus, which encourages Gen Z members to run for office.

Hogg’s event on April 1 is free and open to the public, and tickets are not required.

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