WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (WPEC) - If the November election proved anything, it’s that there is a deep divide in the United States.
In five short weeks, on Jan. 20, Donald Trump will become the 45th president of the United States. At age 70, he’ll be the oldest person ever sworn into office.
Trump plans to build out the final pieces of his administration during the holidays, which he’ll spend with his family at their Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida.
Just a few short miles away, 500 of the most powerful voters in politics are gathering to build out their own blueprints for the future of the country.
West Palm Beach is home to the annual winter retreat for Turning Point USA. The group has several thousand members across the country and hundreds of college chapters.
Turning Point USA is composed of millennials from across the political divide.
The group was founded in 2012 by Charley Kirk, with the mission to focus on two main issues: free market enterprise and creating a smaller government.
“This conference shows there’s an enthusiasm for that among young people,” Kirk said.
The lineup for the winter retreat includes an array of conservative commentators, as well as Donald Trump Jr.
Kirk says their focus is not to campaign for any candidate or party, but on their own core values.
“We’re talking about the danger of socialism, the merits of free enterprise, the size and scope of government,” Kirk said.
During the November election, just 24 million millennials voted - that’s fewer than four years ago. What research shows is that young voters are looking for drastic changes.
Millennials will also prove to have the power to get done what they want. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, millennials now outnumber baby boomers. As of 2015, there were 83.1 million millennials, people born between 1982 and 2000. That is a quarter of the U.S. population, compared to baby boomers, whose population dipped to 75.4 million.
Millennials can prove to change politics as we know it.
Jennifer Dupliessie is a junior at Texas A&M University. She’s among 500 college students at Turning Point USA’s winter retreat.
She says the group focuses on crossing political divides and showing millennials how politics, government and issues impact young voters.
“Do you have student debt or like paying taxes, something you can click with,” Dupliessie said.
She says it’s also about having a voice.
“It’s what made our country great,” Dupliessie said. “We have a freedom to do what we like to do, we have Uber, we have Starbucks, we have these things that make our lives so much easier and more convenient, and those are all the things that’s thanks to free market.”