My parents having a 13 - 14 year old protesting like that? Over their dead bodies.
I was closer to 12 and we were not protesting; we were campaigning for what we believed in.
My grandmother was a ward heeler - - they don't have those anymore. And I worked for her for a long time ringing doorbells and sometimes ringing phones up and asking for donations.
In a democracy everyone is supposed to participate. The earlier you learn how that works the better, so that you will continue to do so as an adult.
I've been a poll worker in my local precincts for the last 15 years-- local elections, state elections and national elections.
Coming from the background that I came from with my grandmother, it's just a natural thing for me to do.
Democracy only works if citizens participate.
BTW-- THE Goldwater kids would taunt us at school and at Humphrey rallies-- we never went to Goldwater rallies to harass them-- we just ignored them.
I was always taught to take the high road, but not to be afraid to stand up for what I believe in. LOL