Courts Matter

YP4 manages a Courts Matter Initiative that engages current and former Fellows in conversations and trainings on the ways young people can approach the courts as a site of organizing and a tool for creating systemic change. By examining the connections between Fellows’ ongoing work in their communities and national organizing around judicial nominations, impact litigation, and access to justice issues, the Courts Matter Initiative aims to unleash the power of diverse youth voices through courts activism.

Some of the opportunities and resources we provide to Fellows and Alumni as part of the Courts Matter Initiative include:

  • Identifying how courts function, and why they matter for their communities, the progressive movement, and the issues they’ve chosen to address through their Blueprints for Social Justice.
  • Developing and training other young people on how we can collectively use the courts as a tool for organizing.

Through our vote initiative, we facilitate a nonpartisan education program on the importance of voting to engage young people in deconstructing how voting impacts the issues they care about. This initiative gives our network the tools and resources to understand the political system and make their voice heard within it. Our work emphasizes the importance of reaching youth and other historically marginalized communities in the political process.

One program the Fellows have decided to work on is the Fellow-led “Arrive with Five” pledge program – a get-out-the-vote effort that encourages youth, people of color, women, seniors, and people with disabilities to become active participants in the electoral process. By pledging to “Arrive with Five,” voters pledge to vote on Election Day and commit to bringing five friends or family members to the polls.

By civically engaging more young people in understanding the political system and how it can become more accessible, the YP4 vote initiative works toward building a society where young people are better able to hold their representatives accountable.

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