To young people not yet of voting age who wish to effect change: Politicians may appear to listen to you but will likely do little — “children don’t vote,” nor significantly contribute to their campaigns.
In the meantime: You can influence adults in your sphere. Don’t let naysayers discredit you and your causes, and remember those who try.
Regarding politicians: Pay attention to their positions, their votes, who finances their political campaigns (their “donor class”), and who comprises their base.
Then, when you are eligible, vote.
Jim and Leah Rae Highly