Completely agree and further ask: “Why stop at colleges?”
Granted, there are many high level, national issues that probably should only be handed off to ever capable PhD and MS/MA candidates, however there are plenty of local issues that all that is needed is an open mind. I’ve advocated for some time that a lot of public outreach programs for cities and states could be assisted by high school level students (under supervision of course). My home high school (Rutland High School) has a program where part of the year was dedicated to full-time elective study called Y.E.S. Plan. Y.E.S. Plan allows students to take electives that interest them: Anything from learning a language not normally offered, a vocation, or community based projects. This was an awesome experience as it allowed the school to engage the community and young minds even BEFORE college.