The Alliance for Youth Action will own young voter turnout nationally in 2020 and beyond, because our democracy simply depends on it. Bringing years of research into the youth vote and an unparalleled understanding of effective tactics, the Alliance is implementing a targeted campaign to engage and sustain young people electorally.
Our 2020 Values
We want to create a world where our democracy works for everyone, no matter where you come from, look like or choose to identify, where all people are seen in their full humanity and treated as such in our system built to serve and protect us, and where young people live in loving, safe, and thriving communities. Our affiliates came together to create 2020 values to bind us as a network, make us stronger together, and push us to continue to do this work in 2020 and beyond. See our 2020 values here.
E Pluribus Awesome
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. At the end of the day, the only thing that matters in politics is people power at the local level. That’s why we support the organizations that build it.
The Alliance supports two kinds of local organizations – a core group of Alliance Affiliates who drive our national strategy, and a larger extended network of Youth Organizing Partners who make our campaigns a reality at the local level.
The Alliance for Youth Action is 100% accountable to the local affiliates who drive our strategy, elect our boards of directors, and form the backbone of our network. They’re also some of the greatest organizers around. You should check out each & every one and write them all huge checks.
Chicago Votes is a non-partisan, non-profit organization building a more inclusive democracy by putting power in the hands of young Chicagoans. Chicago Votes engages and develops a new generation of leaders by opening the doors of government and politics to young people from all corners of the city. Chicago Votes is changing laws to make Chicago and Illinois a better place to be young and making democracy FUN.
Engage Miami is made up of young people intent on fully engaging their generation (and the next) in their local democracy so that they have a future in Miami that is more just, democratic, and sustainable. Engage Miami’s goal is to cultivate a generation of thoughtful citizens who will work to make their community vibrant and participatory, with local government and residents in harmony.
Forward Montana builds political power with and for young Montanans by driving a culture of civic engagement and electing leaders and passing policies that are representative of the needs and vision of their generation.
Georgia Shift gives marginalized young people a seat at the table of democracy through electoral action, hands-on education, and civic media programs. This generation is revolutionizing Georgia here and now, building a place where young people’s lives are valued and their futures protected. On campuses and communities across the state, Georgia Shift organizes young people to build independent political power.
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. On campuses and communities in Milwaukee’s key geographies, LIT organizes young people to build independent political power for social, racial and economic justice.
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.
MOVE Texas is a nonpartisan, nonprofit, grassroots organization working to build power in underrepresented youth communities through civic engagement, leadership development, and issue advocacy.
For over sixteen years, Next Up – formerly The Bus Project – has amplified the voice and leadership of diverse young people to achieve a more just and equitable state. Next Up does this by achieving systems change, developing multicultural, bold leaders, and mobilizing young voters. Next Up’s multi-pronged approach to engaging youth in civics uplifts the voices of historically disenfranchised Oregonians.
New Era is the leading voice for young people in Colorado politics and one of the most effective youth civic engagement organizations in the country. New Era works alongside their peers to grow our generation’s power. New Era fights for a better Colorado for everyone, not just for a privileged few. Since day one, New Era set out to bring our progressive and diverse generation into the political world—not to get in line and stick with the status quo, but to take charge and reshape our democracy to work better for everyone.
Ohio Student Association (OSA) is a statewide organization led by young people in Ohio, working together in an intergenerational movement for racial, social, economic and educational justice. OSA’s leaders are between 18 and 35, some are not students, some creatives and art activists, others are high school students, college students, graduates, and grad students. They are on campuses and in communities across the state of Ohio. They organize young people in order to build independent political power because The Midwest Got Something To Say!
The Washington Bus is a statewide movement building organization that increases political access and participation for young people across Washington State and develops the next generation of young leaders.
ALLIANCE YOUTH ORGANIZING PARTNERS
Progressive young people’s organizations come in all shapes and sizes – and we’re here to support them. By joining Alliance campaigns, Youth Organizing Partners get programming, operational, financial, and fundraising support. Youth Organizing Partners make sure young people power work gets done in every state, city, and district that can tip the balance in America.
Check out our Youth Organizing Partners, get a serious organizer crush, and give them the support they deserve.
Detroit Action is a grassroots member-led, community-based organization fighting for political power, racial and economic justice for working-class Detroiters.
Loud Light engages, educates, and empowers individuals from underrepresented populations to build community power that has an impact on decision-makers. Loud Light is transforming Kansas through voter registration, informative videos, coalition building, civic engagement, and turning out the youth vote.
The Michigan Student Power Network is a statewide association of progressive student organizations, started in 2014 and currently operating on 8 campuses across Michigan. The Power Network works to connect student struggles across campuses, issues and identities, in order to share skills and build a statewide movement capable of effecting progressive change.
Mississippi Votes is an organization of intergenerational synergy centering and led by young people invested in the progression of Mississippi. We do this through our programming and outreach strategies that empower young people, encourages civic engagement, and educates communities on voting rights through place-based grassroots organizing.
The New Hampshire Youth Movement (NHYM) is creating hubs of local leaders who are working under a shared set of values and principles to build collective power in our communities by organizing trainings and actions. These hubs will come together during major days of action and key elections while continually growing in their communities. From town elections to demonstrations, every community has a reason to rise up and the right to fight back. NHYM works to fight the political establishment and create a future for the young people of New Hampshire.
North Carolina Asian Americans Together (NCAAT) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization committed to supporting equity and justice for all by fostering community among AAPIs and allies in North Carolina through civic engagement, leadership development, grassroots mobilization, and political participation.
Poder in Action builds power to disrupt and dismantle systems of oppression and determine a liberated future as people of color in Arizona.
The Virginia Student Power Network is a growing multi-issue grassroots network of progressive and radical young organizers and activists from universities across Virginia who are building power for democratic, diverse, and accessible education in the Commonwealth, as well as social, racial, and economic justice on campuses and beyond.
The Youth Progressive Policy Group works for young people across NY who feel that they deserve a fair voice in government. By engaging high school students in the legislative process of writing bills and lobbying for their passing, they hope to create a new generation of engaged citizens.
Join Our Network
To truly hold power and make lasting progress in America, we need everybody pulling together. If you’re with a youth power organization or are considering starting one, hit us up to see how we can work together. The movement needs you, and we want to help you succeed. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to start the conversation.