YP4 conducts a nonpartisan voter mobilization program to increase the participation and representation of young people in the electoral process. Our work emphasizes outreach to communities that have been marginalized in the political process.
In 2015 and 2016, as part of the fellowship’s core activities, YP4 will build on its successful 2010, 2012, and 2014 models to run nonpartisan voter engagement initiatives that provide young activists with opportunities to mobilize youth and other historically marginalized communities in the political process, many for the first time.
Fellows that participate in the Vote Program will:
1) Attend the Vote Summit during the summer of their fellowship year to learn to frame voting and democratic participation in the context of issues facing their communities and to develop skills for voter education, engagement and mobilization
2) Be partnered with a peer fellow and a YP4 Vote cohort alum for mentorship and leadership development throughout their participation
3) Meet bi-weekly via conference call or google hangout during the fall of their fellowship year to discuss mobilization goals, share achievements and setbacks, and obtain YP4 and partner network tools and resources
4) Integrate voter engagement into their YP4 Blueprint for Social Justice and/or assist in the completion of a Voter Engagement and Mobilization education little black book (practical toolkits on social justice topics for young activists and organizers); The inaugural Courts Matter little black book is attached for your review
5) Carry the skills and lessons learned in their fellowship year into their future voter education, engagement, and mobilization work laying the foundation for continued nonpartisan vote work in 2016 and beyond.
The Mission of YP4’s Vote Program
By providing Fellows with in-depth trainings on how to run a get-out-the-vote campaign, we build a base of engaged, well-trained, and effective organizers. We provide our organizers with extensive support and mentorship before, during, and after the election cycle to ensure they create lasting impact in their communities.
One component of YP4’s voter mobilization work is our “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 during elections, the YP4 vote program works toward building a society where young people are better able to hold their representatives accountable.
Learn more about the impact of YP4’s 2016 Vote Program here!