Young organizers holding sign that says "defund the police"

From the March on Washington to today, the young Black leaders fighting for change

From the Civil Rights movement to today’s movement for Black lives, young Black organizers and activists have been at the forefront of every fight for social change. On the 57th anniversary of the March on Washington, the late John Lewis’ words echo in our minds, “I urge you to answer the highest calling of your heart and stand up for what you truly believe.” The Black-led organizations in the Alliance for Youth Action network are answering that call. They are creating a world where all people are seen in their full humanity and treated as such. 

Here are some of those organizations at work.

Chicago Votes

Chicago Votes is a powerhouse of progressive policy. In 2019, they wrote and passed landmark legislation expanding access to the ballot box for incarcerated citizens. SB 2090, their Voting in Jails bill, ensures voters who are eligible to vote and incarcerated have access to vote. This made Cook County Jail the first jail in the country to become an official polling location. This past March, over 1,500 people being held pretrial detention voted, around 600 of which relied on same-day voter registration. 

Chicago Votes also wrote and passed HB 2541, their Civics in Prison bill. This legislation  allows non-partisan civic organizations to train incarcerated citizens to provide peer-taught civics education to re-entering citizens. Chicao Votes truly is blazing a trail for brand new, innovative policies that fill the gaps in our democracy and ensure that our voting system works for all.

Chicago Votes is a non-partisan, non-profit organization building a more inclusive democracy by putting power in the hands of young Chicagoans. They are engaging and developing a new generation of leaders by opening the doors of government and politics to young people from all corners of the city.

Detroit Action

Following the murder George Floyd, Detroit Action sought ways to uproot systemic racism and oppression in their own community while also finding ways to divest from policing. Detroit Action’s housing team, with coalition partners, introduced the Detroit Bill of Rights—one of the first changes to the city’s charter in eight years. The Detroit Bill of Rights includes eight core values: the right to water and sanitation, the right to environmental health, the right to safety, to right to live free from discrimination, the right to recreation, the right to access and mobility, the right to housing, and the right to “the fulfillment of basic needs” like food and utilities. As part of this initiative, Detroit Action is specifically calling for affordable housing, solutions on rental assistance, and more for their most vulnerable residents.

Detroit Action is a grassroots member-led, community-based organization fighting for political power, racial, and economic justice for working-class Detroiters.

Leaders Igniting Transformation

Leaders Igniting Transformation (LIT), have been at the forefront of the fight to dismantle the School-to-Prison Pipeline in their community. Since 2018, LIT has fought to remove the presence of police, and their contracts, away from the Black and Brown students inside of Milwaukee Public Schools. In the past they’ve won victories around no new TSA style metal detectors, blocking policy that would have mandated police being involved for suspected criminal activity, and lowering the amount of School Officers in and around schools.

After years of organizing, they won their fight on June 18th when the Milwaukee Public School Board unanimously passed a resolution to end all contracts between the Milwaukee Police Department and Milwaukee Public Schools. Their organizing efforts culminated in a 700-person rally and over 1,000 testimonies that eventually put pressure on Milwaukee Public Schools to begin the pathway to building safe schools where the voices and experiences of young people are centered. 

Leaders Igniting Transformation (LIT) is a youth of color-led independent nonprofit. Founded in 2017, LIT engages in values-based issue and electoral organizing, direct action, advocacy for public policy, and leadership development. LIT organizes young people to build independent political power for social, racial and economic justice.

Minnesota Youth Collective

In the midst of the Uprising in the Twin Cities, Minnesota Youth Collective opted to open their office doors as a supply site. They accepted donations from generous community members and distributed them to those in need. From front-line protestors to those who had been displaced, Minnesota Youth Collective was able to support members of their community by serving as a resource hub. Young people showed up to donate, to sort donations, and to take donations to where they were needed. Organizers posted on social media and shared critical information for protesters and supporters of the Uprising. They mobilized and came together for each other and their community. Minnesota Youth Collective believes no one can be free until we are all free, and that abolition is the only way forward.

Minnesota Youth Collective empowers the next generation of leaders to take their rightful seat at the decision-making table, elect people who reflect their values and shape legislation to better the lives of Minnesotans.

Mississippi Votes

Due to voter suppression, antiquated voting laws, lack of voter education, and lack of investment in vulnerable communities, Mississippi presents many barriers to voters. That’s why Mississippi Votes launched #Up2Us—a voter registration, voter protection, and get-out-the-vote campaign focused on mobilizing young people. Their mantra: The fight for democracy is truly #Up2Us. 

Since the inception of #Up2Us, Mississippi Votes has registered 15,000 new voters and for several years in a row has been among the top field organizations in the country on National Voter Registration Day. In 2019, they turned out under-represended voters in 18 counties and impacted five key races. They are continuing this work today with the goal of engaging over 200,000 young voters state-wide through canvassing door-to-door, text banking, phone banking, and more. See their work in action here.

Mississippi Votes is an organization of intergenerational synergy centering and led by young people invested in the progression of Mississippi. They do this through  programming and outreach strategies that empower young people, encourages civic engagement, and educates communities on voting rights through place-based grassroots organizing.

Civil rights giants like John Lewis and Martin Luther King Jr. have passed on the torch to this generation’s young Black leaders. They are building youth political power and making a change in their communities 365 days/year. This year, more than ever, it is crucial to amplify the voices of Black youth organizers and the issues that impact Black youth to not only get out the Black youth vote, but to push candidates on the issues that matter to them, and fight voter disinformation and voter suppression to ensure voter access to the ballot box.

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VP Biden Has More Work to Do to Earn Our Vote

In June, we launched a monthly polling series of young persuadable voters, aged 18-39, in battleground states ahead of the 2020 General Election. This monthly polling series surveys young voters on how they view Vice President Biden, their concerns during the Coronavirus, the issues they care about the most, if they have been contacted by campaigns, and more.

As we near Election Day, we are using these poll results to better inform our organizing work and national campaigns. We are also using these polls to remind candidates to listen and reach out to young people. The results from our poll can be found here.

August 2020 Results

With 75 days until the election, it is more important than ever that Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Kamala Harris prioritize young voters. 

We’ve been running a monthly polling series with Civiqs on young persuadable voters in battleground states and we just released the results from August. For the third month in a row, forty percent of young people in battleground states say they haven’t been contacted by the Biden campaign. Vice President Biden is running out of time to appeal to young voters and earn our votes.

White letters on blue background: for the third month in a row, 40% of young voters in battleground states have not been contacted by the Biden campaign

In August, coronavirus increased in importance as the number one issue for young voters. 72% of young voters say their greatest concern for voting in person is exposure to the virus. Additionally, young voters are looking for solutions to tackling our healthcare system. 61% say that Medicare for All is the most important policy change to make healthcare affordable.

White text on blue background that read the most important issue for Gen Z and Millennial voters is in battleground states is coronavirus

Another interesting finding  is that while the top issue priorities have changed across multiple demographics, ending systemic racism and discrimination remains the number one issue for young Black voters since we started our polling in June.

You can dive deeper into these findings on our website. Share these results on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Join us on Twitter tonight as we live tweet the final night of the Democratic National Convention and see if Vice President Biden includes the issues young people care about as part of his vision for the nation and makes clear our role in advancing change. 

July 2020 Results

The general election is in less than 100 days and Vice President Joe Biden has to do more to  earn the votes of young people in battleground states.

We just released the second round of our monthly polling series on young persuadable voters in battleground states and found that, similar to last month, a staggering 40% of young voters have not been contacted by the Biden campaign or the Democratic party.  If Joe Biden wants to mobilize young people to turn out for him in the fall, his campaign must invest in young voter outreach. This is especially alarming when Generation Z voters continue to view Joe Biden less favorably than Millennial voters and more 18-25 year-old persuadable voters have seen digital ads from President Trump or the Republican Party than from Vice President Biden or the Democratic Party. 

Not only does Biden need to reach out to the largest voting bloc in the electorate,he needs to focus on the driving force behind our generation—the issues that matter most to us. Ending systemic racism and discrimination remains a top issue, however, our latest poll found that the coronavirus has moved to the number one issue for young persuadable voters. 

This month we went deeper into the issue of ending systemic racism and discrimination in relation to policing and found that young persuadable voters believe defunding the police is the most important change for justice, especially among 18-25 year-olds. Notably, young voters selected ending private, for-profit prisons, and detention centers as the second most important change to our policing and criminal justice system.

Our latest poll found that 48% of young Black voters say they plan to vote in person this fall. This is an important reminder thatour work recruiting poll workers, raising awareness about voting early, and organizing to keep polling sites open is critical.

June 2020 Results

Over the past few weeks, young people have taken to the streets, city council meetings, school board meetings, and more demanding we defend Black lives and dismantle white supremacy. According to our recent poll with Change Research, young people plan on bringing these same demands to the ballot box in November.

In our poll of persuadable young voters, aged 18-39 in battleground states, they cite systemic racism and discrimination as their number one issue. Systemic racism and discrimination impact every aspect of our society and addressing these problems are long overdue. Young people are fed up with generations of inaction and are looking for a candidate to put forth bold solutions.

We also found that Vice President Joe Biden has a lot of work to do to appeal to younger voters. If Biden and the Democratic party want to authentically connect with the largest voting bloc in the electorate, they must recognize the driving force behind a large part of our generation—the issues that matter most to us.

Overall, 54% of young voters say their top concern about the Coronavirus is their parents’ health. Our poll also reveals that young Black and Latinx voters are significantly more concerned about economic stressors and their health respective to their white counterparts. 

Our poll also found that Black and Latinx young voters feel that voting in person is more secure than voting by mail while white voters largely see no difference – a reminder that as we work to educate young voters about voting by mail, we must also organize to keep polling sites open. Additionally, 43% of Gen Z and Millennial voters say they have not been contacted by the Democratic Party or Biden’s campaign. Notably, young voters report seeing digital ads from the Republican Party or Trump campaign at the same rate as the Democratic Party or Biden campaign. 

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Read the full poll results here.

5 Ways to Protect Democracy

The Alliance for Youth Action network has always fought for Democracy Done Right, but during the primaries too many experienced long lines at polling locations, a national shortage of poll workers, and efforts to suppress the youth vote. Our democracy is under attack. 

The Alliance for Youth Action network organizes every day to protect our democracy. Now, nearly 100 days until the general election, we need your help. 

From placing a polling site on your campus to registering your friends to vote, there is something everyone can do to ensure all voices are heard this November.

Here are five ways you can help us protect democracy:

1 Host a Campus Takeover event for National Voter Registration Day. 

For the third year in a row, the Alliance is teaming up with the Students Learn Students Vote Coalition to run Campus Takeover—an effort on National Voter Registration Day to mobilize a mass number of students around elections by registering them to vote, creating celebratory environments around voting, and fostering a culture of civic engagement on campuses. This year, we are supporting students running events in person and online. 

campus takeover event in Colorado

2 Power the polls by WORKING THE ELECTIONS

This is a critical moment. Even before the pandemic, the US was experiencing a shortage of election workers. The pandemic has exacerbated this need. Power the Polls will be a part of the solution by recruiting poll workers who can staff in-person voting locations during early voting and on Election Day.

3 Celebrate Vote Early Day

When people vote early, they help ensure that last-minute problems will not prevent them from casting their ballots – and shorten voting lines on Election Day for everyone. Vote Early Day is a movement of nonprofits, businesses, election administrators, and creatives working to ensure all Americans know their options to vote early.

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4 Protect or place a new polling site in your community.

The Alliance for Youth Organizing, Students Learn Students Vote Coalition, and Campus Vote Project has come together in partnership with MTV to expand voting access on college, university, and community college campuses across the country with the +1 the Polls initiative. Sign up today to learn how to protect an existing polling site or create a new one on your campus.

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5 Get out the vote by SUPPORTING one of the Alliance’s network organizations.

The Alliance is America’s premier youth organizing network because our work is driven 100% by local organizations. When the movement succeeds, it’s because of the local organizations putting in the work. Support one of these organizations in your state.

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NYT Opinion: How Democrats Can Win the Youth Vote in November

This opinion piece explores the peer-to-peer organizing work young people in the Alliance for Youth Action network do every day. This grassroots organizing work must be invested in if the Democratic Party wants to win the youth vote in November.

Read the full article written by Rainesford Stauffer here.

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Defund the Police. Defend Black Lives.

As a multiracial network focused on building political power with young people across the country, we stand in solidarity with the thousands of young leaders taking to the streets to demand justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and David McAtee who were murdered by the police. These names are the latest in a long line of Black community members senselessly taken from us, and we are heartbroken and enraged as this list continued to grow while we drafted this statement. 

Following the examples set by Black leaders and organizations—such as the Movement for Black Lives, Dream Defenders, BYP 100 and Black-led groups in our own network who have been working on this issue for years—the Alliance for Youth Action joins their calls to defund the police and defend Black lives.

We are a network of local organizations that serve as political homes for young people – working 365 days/year to build power and make a change in our communities. Our work cannot happen without a reckoning of our country’s racist and genocidal past and the impact that white supremacy has on every aspect of our work. While we are most known for our work to mobilize the youth vote, we value young Black lives in their full humanity and power. We recognize how institutions at every level have failed Black people and how our democracy was built to specifically exclude Black communities through:

  • A publicly-funded policing system that was founded on slave patrols and continues to target and murder Black people. 
  • A progressive funding ecosystem that funnels money to Black youth organizations during federal election cycles and then retreats and remains silent when it’s time to fund local issue campaigns and hold elected officials accountable. 
  • A myriad of laws that have excluded Black people from fair, safe, and accessible voting and political power. 

Our network is not immune from white supremacy. Whiteness has been at the center of many of our organizations since their founding – including our national organization – and we have work to do within our own systems and structures to undo these harmful norms. We have much work ahead to inspect our own role in upholding systemic, institutional, interpersonal and internalized racism as a network.

Centering Black people in our work means it is time to divest from police, and invest in Black futures. Defunding the police as part of the path towards abolition is one of the many steps that must be taken to ensure that Black people are able to thrive. In addition, we must fight for jobs that pay a living wage, for accessible healthcare that includes mental health care, for access to nutrition, for access to education, and more. 

As a network, we commit to ongoing learning about abolition, dismantling of white supremacy, and decentering of whiteness in our work. For individual organizations, this work includes providing extensive training on anti-racism for staff, focusing on issues that disproportionately impact people of color, incorporating racial justice and intersectional language in messaging, and integrating anti-racism into every aspect of the work including strategic plans. 

History shows that Black youth are the moral compass of our nation; they have made it clear for decades that America’s notions of ‘progress’ are not nearly enough, and have been explicit about their needs to not only survive, but thrive. We must follow their lead and demand that Black lives truly matter, fight for Black liberation, and ensure Black people in the United States are seen in their full humanity. 

8 Ways to be an At-Home Organizer: Lessons from Our Network

Staying at home and practicing social distancing has been our new normal for nearly two months now. But this has not stopped the Alliance from organizing young people to build political power. Every organization in the Alliance network has found new and innovative ways to transform their events, programming, and local organizing work to fit our new reality.

Here are 8 innovative tactics Alliance network organizations are using right now to mobilize young people:

Virtual Town Halls

On April 16th, Alliance network Executive Directors co-hosted a virtual town hall with Oregon Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden on reforming our democracy and securing our elections in 2020. Check out the highlights here. 

Next Up hosted a COVID-19 Youth Town Hall with legislators and community leaders that covered mental health, the impact of COVID-19 on marginalized communities, access to technology, and more.

New Era Colorado partnered with Colorado Senate Majority Leader, Steve Fenberg, and the Student Borrower Protection Center to host a town hall on how to navigate student loans during the COVID-19 outbreak. New Era also partnered with Colorado’s Secretary of State, Jena Griswold, to host a virtual town hall where they discussed options to vote safely in the upcoming elections and celebrated 17-year-olds for turning out in droves in March for their first primary elections.

Online Classes and Trainings

Social distancing did not stop Leaders Igniting Transformation from launching their annual Black Hogwarts program! Black Hogwarts, now a virtual training program, provides leadership development and political education curriculum to high school students, college students, creatives, and more. In this year’s adaptation of the program, participants can choose “houses” like Civics Gryffindor or Culture Hufflepuff. 

Class is still in session at MOVE University! Since social distancing began, MOVE Texas has hosted seven MOVE University classes on topics including voting rights, paid sick leave, arts and activism, DACA, and building a new generation of voters. 

Instagram Storytelling Series

The Washington Bus has been collecting stories from young community members about how they are stay civically engaged while social distancing as a part of their #DemocracyStillMatters Instagram series

 Forward Montana launched a fun and engaging Instagram series informing their followers about the importance of the Census and how to fill it out.

Instagram Live Events

As part of their Give A Sh*t Week of events, Chicago Votes hosted “Sh*t Talks” on Instagram Live with organizers about cannabis and community activism and creating during COVID.

Every Friday, college fellows from Leaders Igniting Transformation host “Staying Lit”— an Instagram Live series exploring current events like immigration during COVID-19 and starting a business as a college student.

Tweet Storms

As part of their Give A Sh*t Week of events, Chicago Votes hosted a Twitter Storm to get people to sign their petition to Unlock Civics for incarcerated people.

Ohio Student Association launched a spearheaded “Action April” calling on the Governor, Health Director, and local sheriffs to release incarcerated people statewide and provide adequate health treatment and sanitization via Twitter. They also formed the Montgomery County Jail Coalition and sent a letter to the sheriff and judges demanding to halt all plans to build a new jail and to release incarcerated people during COVID-19.

Movie Nights

Using Netflix Party, Engage Miami, MOVE Texas, and Chicago Votes, hosted a joint movie night featuring Ava DuVernay’s documentary “13th” accompanied by a live tweet-along.

Virtual Phone Banks

Forward Montana has taken their Census organizing work completely online by hosting virtual phone banks with their organizers. Their statewide teams have made over 15,000 phone calls to ensure Montanans have the information they need to get counted.

Art and Activism

The Washington Bus hosted a contest to collect art from young creatives with prize money designed to offset financial burdens young people are feeling right now. See all the submissions here!

Minnesota Youth Collective is building a “Quaranzine” filled with written and visual art submitted by young organizers.

Want to learn more about how Leaders Igniting Transformation, Ohio Student Association, and Loud Light mobilized young voters for their primaries during COVID-19? Read more in our “The Alliance Network in the Primaries” blog.

2019 annual report

Throwback: 2019 was no “off-year” for us

We may be staying home to flatten the curve, but we do not want to miss the opportunity to reflect and celebrate what an amazing year 2019 was for the Alliance network. To us, there is no such thing as an “off-year” when building young people’s political power. The Alliance for Youth Action network organizes 365 days a year, every year. For proof, look no further than our 2019 Annual Report!  

2019 Annual Report Cover

2019 was one of our biggest years yet. We launched our first-ever communications department and grew our development and operations teams to support a continuously growing network of 20 youth-led organizations!

The Alliance network collectively registered 50,800 voters, collected 46,780 pledge-to-vote cards, and sent 110,000 peer-to-peer texts to mobilize young voters in 2019 elections.

In addition to investing in young voters, our network organizations secured major victories on innovative and progressive local issue campaigns. From MOVE Texas defeating a dangerous voter suppression bill to Chicago Votes passing legislation granting voting access to people detained in pre-trial jail, the local leaders in the Alliance network are creating a more just and equitable world for all of us.

Our network did all this in 2019 while supporting and empowering the next generation of young leaders. Our network graduated 287 local organizers from local civic engagement-focused leadership development programs. We held our first-ever Youth Action Summit bringing together the best youth organizers from across the country. And we held our largest-ever (and most competitive) Monthly Donor Competition raising over $100,000 in new annual dollars from over 600 grassroots donors!

All of this to say, 2019 was no “off-year” for the Alliance. It was a year packed with innovative organizing, progressive wins, and major growth all setting us up for a successful 2020. But don’t just take our word for it. Read the full 2019 Annual Report here. 

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Sister organization launches +1 the Polls

We already know that young people are a powerful political force in 2020, but young people cannot vote if they cannot access the ballot box. Since 2012, over 1,000 polling locations have closed and we’ve had enough. Our sister organization, Alliance for Youth Organizing,  launched a brand new initiative with MTV, Campus Vote Project, and the Students Learn Students Vote Coalition called  +1 the Polls — the first-ever national effort to create new polling sites on college campuses and in local communities for the 2020 primaries and general elections. 

We are no strangers to fighting for polling locations on college campuses. Organizations in the Alliance network have been protecting and expanding polling locations on their campuses for years. Here are some of their stories:

Chicago Votes

Chakena Sims, the Board President for Chicago Votes, on why protecting black voter’s access to the polls is the right thing to do:

“Our democracy works best when more voices are included. A representative democracy ensures that Black people can visit the ballot box and choose from leaders that look and think like us, know what our lives are like, and have the best track record to improve our everyday lives.”

Engage Miami

In 2018, Florida Governor Rick Scott, told election officials to ban early voting locations on college and university campuses discriminating against student voters across the state. Thanks to U.S. District Judge Mark Walker, the ban was deemed unconstitutional showed “a stark pattern of discrimination”. This court decision did not mean early voting locations instantly popped up around the state. Student organizers with Engage Miami had to fight for early voting sites at Miami Dade College, one of the largest higher education institutions in the country.

MOVE Texas

In 2018, MOVE Texas and the Texas Civil Rights Project threatened to sue Hays County if they did not reopen polling locations for early voting and election day at the Texas State University campus. MOVE Texas and the Texas Civil Rights Project won and a polling location was added. The campus saw a 400% increase in voter turnout on campus from 2014! Students were likely the key factor in flipping the conservative county to the Democrats.

MTV NEWS

Why we're fighting to keep polling places on college campuses - MTV News

The Texas Tribune

Hays County expands early voting access for Texas State University students - Texas Tribune

Raven Douglas, Political Director at MOVE Texas, on why young people need to get out and vote:

“The fight is just getting started. It is going to take all of us, working in community, to expand access to polling places and giving more young people a voice. So get registered, get active, and join us in the fight. Together, we can empower a new generation of voters to strengthen our democracy and start to fix what’s broken.”

Learn more about the +1 the Polls initiative here.

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Jacque Grimsley, Dawn Boudwin, Kiersten Iwai

Exciting News from the Alliance!

2020 is going to be a massive year for our organization and national network. We will be working non-stop to ensure Alliance organizations have everything they need to mobilize and turnout the largest voting bloc in the country.

This is why we are excited to announce two brand new leadership roles at the Alliance, Deputy Director of Network Strategy and Deputy Director of Organizational Strategy. Keep reading to find out more about the new Executive Director of founding Alliance affiliate – Forward Montana!

Brand New Alliance Leadership Roles 

Dawn Boudwin

Dawn Boudwin has been promoted to Deputy Executive Director of Network Strategy! In her new role, she will manage the communications, data, and program teams. Dawn has been vital to the organization since she started in April of 2018 –  leading the program team through transition and growth, building strong and trusting relationships with Executive Directors, and developing partnerships with allied organizations. Dawn will be an excellent Deputy as she guides the network forward in 2020. 

Jacque Grimsley

Jacque Grimsley has been promoted to Deputy Executive Director of Organizational Strategy! In her new role, Jacque will manage the Board and operations team as well as lead annual planning and evaluation. Jacque came to us from New Era Colorado and led us through an epic scaling of revenue, disbursements, staff, and supporting affiliates in all things operations and finance. As we move into 2020 with the largest budget and HQ in our history, we’ll lean heavily on Jacque to ensure we have the organization we need to thrive.  

Please join us in celebrating Dawn and Jacque in these new and exciting roles! Send them a congratulatory note at jacque@allianceforyouthaction.org and dawn@allianceforyouthaction.org

Meet the Newest Executive Director in the Alliance Network

After a national search, we are thrilled to celebrate the new Executive Director of Forward Montana, Kiersten Iwai!

Kiersten is a long-time supporter of Forward Montana as a 25 under 25 Awardee, a trainer at the MT Youth Organizing Summit, and a Forward MT Foundation Board Member. She brings new experiences and expertise in digital communications, climate justice, and diversity, equity, and inclusion frameworks to the Forward Montana team.

To learn more about Kiersten, head over to Forward Montana’s website.

Welcome to the Alliance fam, Kiersten!

Jobs at the Alliance

To accommodate our much needed growth, we are hiring! Please help spread the word on these important roles. Know someone who is a good fit? Please share! Is that person you? Apply now!

Look out for current and future jobs on our website. 

As you can see, the team and network have been hard at work gearing up for the  challenging year ahead. Thank you for supporting us, this work, and the young people across the country we are organizing with every day. 

One Year Out quote from Sarah Audelo

One Year Out

It’s Election Day! And we are one year out from one of the most important elections of our lifetimes. More eyes than ever will be on the 2020 race and while some may say that young people won’t turn out, we see every day how young people are leading change at the ballot box and in their communities.

We also know what it takes to win – year-round grassroots organizing to mobilize and empower the nation’s largest voting bloc. And that is exactly what we have been building in 2019 to prepare for 2020.

Alliance organizations will use innovative tactics to get out the youth vote today, on November 3rd, 2020, and all the elections in between including:

  • Registering 200,000 young voters
  • Distributing over 1 million voter guides to educate young voters about what’s on their ballot
  • Using innovative tactics to get out the vote like Parties at the Polls and Chicago Votes’ infamous Parades to the Polls
  • Hosting youth-focused candidate forums
  • Utilizing new digital tools to reach more young people
  • Engaging with artists and cultural influencers
  • Getting trained on the latest strategies to better utilize data systems
  • And much more

Not only are we growing young voters through these strategies, we are doing so as a united movement. In August, the Alliance brought together over 200 of the best and brightest young organizers from across the country, including our network, who are hard at work doing scaled, on-the-ground, electoral and issue organizing in their communities for the first-of-its-kind Youth Action Summit.

Young people are the largest, most diverse, most engaged voting bloc in the country. And through local, field-focused, youth-led organizing, we have been building the movement this country needs to get young people to vote on Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020. But for every win that youth organizers make, there are dozens of naysayers who are critiquing the power of our generation. So, let’s tell the naysayers that we are not only on the right side of history, but we’re making change every single day across this country.

Support the movement that is of young people, by young people, and for all people today!

Tell the naysayers that young people are ready for 2020 by posting this message on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram using #OneYearOut!