There has reportedly been an issue of only a minority of millennials politically involved. As a result, many education and civic organizations are trying to encourage an increase in this. Here are six of the latter organizations which are attempting to tackle this head-on.
Civic Nation is number one because they are currently the most powerful civic group in existence. They regularly host webinars for participating colleges and universities. Their biggest thing is the ALL IN for the Democracy Challenge. The purpose of this is to get college aged citizens interested in voting and participating in politics.
Campus Vote Project
They have been around for almost seven years now. Like Civic Nation, their main goal is to remove the barriers that are hindering college-aged individuals from being motivated to vote. They work with key stakeholders in order to put student voting ballots directly on the campuses.
Andrew Goodman Foundation
This is named after the Civil Rights Movement activist who was killed by the Ku Klux Klan in 1964 at the age of 20. He is most famous for his participation in CORE (Congress of Racial Equality), which helped black Mississippi residents to register to vote. The Foundation is dedicated to the mission of maintaining young people’s and minorities’ rights to vote.
Nonprofit Vote works with organizations nationwide to promote voter rights and political activism. Their mission is to create a domino effect of motivation to vote particularly in those usually underrepresented in the voting population. This includes the younger citizens. They did a survey in 2014 to see which method of contact was the most effective in a high voter turnout. It turned out to be those contacted in-person by the non-profit organizations.
American Association of State Colleges and Universities
This is actually a collective of over 400 post-secondary education organizations that are committed to promoting student civic engagement. Every year, the college’s administrators get together to trade ideas for most effective practices and techniques.
HeadCount partners with various bands, music and festival venues to help update or register peoples’ voting statuses from the streets. That way, people are able to listen to their favorite music and enjoy festivals with the comfort of knowing their registration statuses for sure.