Cici Battle

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Location: Miami, FL, United States

    Issues Areas:
  • Voting Rights & Voter Engagement

Campus: Florida International University - Miami, FL

Fellowship Class Year: 2010

Blueprint: Getting Youth Engaged Politically

Cici's Blueprint addressed the both the lack of engagement and access to education, along with youth involvement politics. Because many people are not exposed to politics due to lack of opportunity, it is seen as unknown territory. Combined with a lack of educational opportunity for these same individuals (and, namely, a lack of civics education), the importance of the political process is lost in a vicious cycle of exclusion and ignorance. In addition, Cici identified the lack of outreach to young voters due to political disinterest and the lack of young politicians to engage and encourage other youth to follow suit, were major issues to engaging her peers politically. The Lack of access to political information to thoroughly break down the structure and propose of state and local government. Cici thus worked to get more young people, specifically college students, to become active participants in their local and state wide community by educating them on the process and structures of government and understand how it impacts their everyday lives in small and larger ways.

Cici Battle's Blog Posts

Allow me to reintroduce myself: a letter from our NEW YP4 Director!

Allow me to reintroduce myself: a letter from our NEW YP4 Director!

While many of you may know me as a member of the YP4 Alumni community, I am writing you today to let you know that I have officially stepped into a new role as the Director Young People For (YP4).

I am honored and deeply humbled by the opportunity to serve, nurture, and cultivate a new community of freedom fighters. I look forward to pouring both my time and energy into building a stronger and unified progressive movement, and to interacting with our nation’s brightest young minds.

 I strongly believe that the strength of our work together lies in the integrity of our personal and community relationships — in the ways that we hold each other in our complexity, our trauma, and our power. For those who may not know me as well, I want to introduce myself and my vision for YP4 moving forward.  

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As Director, I am re-entering the YP4 space, which for years I have called home. I bring not only my experience as a YP4 fellow, but diverse personal and professional experiences building and sustaining movements that is youth-centered  for positive social change. I have organized both locally and internationally to ensure that our voices are being heard. As a 2010 YP4 Fellow and SGA President at Florida International University, I organized the student body to leverage our collective power in local elections- reframing the conversation away from particular candidates to issues that affect young people. In the years since, I have worked on juvenile justice issues statewide in Florida, making the case for and creating a youth governing body — the Florida Youth Commission — and have organized community college students in Cali, Colombia to manifest their power and voices through voting and teaching leadership development at the National Service of Learning ( SENA).

As I move into this leadership role within YP4 and the People for the American Way Foundation, I draw inspiration from each and every one of you — an amazing community of fellows and Alumni who each day work towards our collective freedom with intention and purpose. You all are the source of this program’s strength, its reason for being, and its strongest advocates. Now more than ever I believe it is essential that we hone our skills, raise our voices, and defend our core values. As we face an increasingly hostile, toxic political climate, it is up to us to imagine a world where we can thrive — one where our survival isn’t predicated on the peaks and valleys of electoral politics —  and to build towards that vision together.

In the days, weeks, and months ahead I’ll be reaching out to you all to inform my work as YP4 Director. I encourage you to hold me and the program accountable to our vision for collective freedom. Please feel free to contact me directly at cbattle@pfaw.org with any and all of your thoughts, concerns, and dreams for the future.

In Solidarity,

Christin “Cici” Battle