ROCKFORD, Ill (WIFR) --- The newest generation of voters known as generation Z is all about its voice. With attention grabbing headlines, school walkouts, lock-ins, student-led memorials and marches gen-z'ers are leading the way.
Born between the mid 1990's and early 2000s, gen-z'ers are in middle school, high school and college, and they are immersed in political issues.
"Younger people really advocating for themselves more than anything and I think that's the biggest difference between the generations. Being able to vocalize your struggles and being bale to do something about that," says Northern Illinois student Sandra Puebla.
Many find local connections with national issues and tragedies. Following the shooting in Parkland, Florida, many stateline students took action by organizing marches and walkouts.
"I felt desensitized at first when I heard about it...then I was like we got to do something about this," says Rockford East high school student, Simon Davis.
In the 2020 election, almost half of GenZ will be able to vote.