Interested in having YVoters run a peer-to-peer workshop for a teen group? Email [email protected]
Opportunities to help out in the Georgia Senate Runoffs
- Phone bank with 2020 Victory on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays here
- Phone bank for Jon Ossoff any day of the week here
- Phone bank for Raphael Warnock on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays here
- Get Out The Vote Postcards to Young Georgia voters–Dec 15 & 16–The Civic Center will be hosting postcard-writing virtual gatherings on the following evenings: December 15 at 7pm ET (sign up here) and December 16 at 9 pm ET (sign up here)
- Letter writing and/or Phone Banking with VoteRiders–Dec 15 & 17–help contact THOUSANDS of potential Georgia voters who need ID assistance that can otherwise prevent them from the ability to vote in the Jan 5 special election that will determine control of the Senate. Letter-Writing Party with the Cast of One Tree Hill on Tues, Dec 15 at 7PM (guests include Sophia Bush, Daphne Zuniga, Hilarie Burton, Lee Norris, Antwon Tanner, Kate Voegele, Cullen Moss, Barbara Ally Woods, and Bevin Prince reuniting) Sign up here. Phone Bank with Amy Schumer on Thurs, Dec 17 at 7PM. Sign up here
- Phone Bank with Reclaim our Vote Georgia–Dec 17–work with the Upper West Side Interfaith Coalition to help turn out the vote for the special election in Georgia onThursday, December 17, 2-4PM – Register here
Upcoming Events & Opportunities
** Participate in a Chalkbeat RoundTable about incoming VicePresident Kamala Harris. Chalkbeat is looking for up to three YVoters (young women of color in particular) to share perspectives and be quoted in an article about “What does the inauguration as VP of the first female and first person of color mean to you? Some questions might include: What changes would you like to see the next four years bring in America? In your local community? Have you spoken with your family and friend’s about Kamala Harris and the significance of her new role? What are they saying? What will you be doing on January 20? The RoundTable can be scheduled for either this week or the week of Jan 3 depending on people’s availability.
** Help design and run workshops for high school seniors on Ranked Choice Voting. Our allies at the Public Advocate’s Office have asked us to work with them over the course of the next six months to get first time voters ready for Ranked Choice Voting (RCV). Don’t know what RCV is? No worries, you’ll learn. There are special elections this winter in several districts (District 24 & 31 in Queens and 12 & 15 in the Bronx), which will be prioritized. Hadeel Mishal in the Public Advocate’s office will be running a training for people interested in peer facilitating on Tues, Jan 5 at 5PM. If you are interested, read over the full description here, email Sanda at [email protected] to express your interest, AND sign up for dates that you can do here (note: they are all during the school day and may not work for many of you. More dates will be added throughout the spring.)
**Intensive Movement Building Internship with Generation Vote this spring. 3-5 hours a week from Jan-June. $500-$1000 stipend. Generation Vote is front-loading a new youth-led movement that defends and advances voting rights for our generation and is partnering with YVote/Next Generation Politics to bring important high school perspectives to the work. If you think you might be interested, read the full description here and apply here
- Tues, Jan 12, 5-7PM--next Full YVote Activist Forum, focused on the first 100 Days
- Wed, Jan 13, 6-6:30 PM–We Got Issues I (Live): Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) But Were Afraid To Ask on YouTube and Facebook–interested YVote youth will have the opportunity to ask the NYC Campaign Finance Board anything you want to know about RCV. Each month on the second Wed, we’ll participate in a We the Issues Live. Email Sanda if you’re interested in participating.
- Sat, Jan 16, 12-4:00 PM–phone bank with NYCVotes to help educate voters about Ranked Choice Voting in advance of the Special Election for City Council District 24 in Queens on February 2. Sign up here.
- Wed, Feb 10, 6-6:30 PM–We Got Issues II (Live): A Conversation About What Young People Are Looking For in a Candidate. Each month on the second Wed, we’ll participate in a We the Issues Live. Email Sanda if you’re interested in participating.
- Wed, Feb 17, 5-6:30 PM--We the YOUTH, You the People Town Hall. Topic TBD
- Feb 25, 2021 Time TBD–Future Voter Festival A #BHeard Town Hall at BRIC to engage high school seniors on the importance of local elections and registering participants, turning 18 prior to Election Day, to vote in advance of the primary. It will provide voter information and cover topics such as ranked choice voting.
- Wed, Mar 10, 6-6:30PM–We Got Issues III (Live): Who Does What In Our City?–Roles and Responsibilities
- Fri, Mar 12 afternoon–Mark your calendar for our Youth Town Hall with Mayoral Candidates!
Sat, Oct 3, 10:30AM-11:30AM–Co-develop a YVote PSA that will appear on Taxi Tops to mobilize youth voters through this workshop led by designer/artist Kim Sillen. And help redesign FAQs–Frequently Asked Questions–(crafted by DemocracyNYC) for teen audiences. Email [email protected] if you’d like to participate
Sat, Oct 3, 12-8PM (not YVote affiliated) — Speak Out Youth Summit More information and registration here
Sat, Oct 3, 8-10PM— Social Issues Cinema Club screening and discussion of The Social Dilemma to explore the underpinnings of popular social media and search platforms and how they are influencing civilization and civil society–and elections! Sign up at https://tinyurl.com/SocialDilemmaSignup
Sun, Oct 4-Fri, Oct 9–National Voter Education Week!
Sun, Oct 4, 4:30-6 PM–“Youth Vote, Youth Power: Unleashing the Youth Wave,” workshop with Bronx Indivisible and Lehman College, facilitated by Anna, Bethany, Karla, Nafisa, Sharhibonu, Yamile, and Yessii. Sign up at www.tinyurl.com/YVoteOct4Workshop
Mon-Fri, Oct 5-9, 7-7:15 PM–Yessii Instagram Lives
Mon, Oct 5, 5-6:30–Introduction to Capitalism & Socialism –and the Implications for Elections workshop facilitated by Saskia Van Horn. Sign up here
Tues, Oct 6, 4-6PM–Finding Your Civic Voice workshop with NYC Youth Civics Initiative, Youth Over Guns. Yessii will be facilitating a panel and Keyla will be on a panel. Sign up here
Tues, Oct 6, 7-8PM (not YVote affiliated)–Face the Facts: Election 2020 Town Hall. Sign up here
Wed, Oct 7, 6-7PM–“Why Vote: How You Can Make a Difference At and Beyond the Ballot Box” workshop for Covenant House, facilitated by Karla, Keyla, Michelle, Milena, and Yuleimy.
Wed, Oct 7, 9-10:30PM (not YVote affiliated)–Vice Presidential Debate
**Fri, Oct 9–Voter Registration closes in NYC (must be postmarked by this day)**
Tues, Oct 13, 5-7PM–Full YVote “Pizza” and Politics Forum
- Wed, Oct 14, 5-5:45– A Call for Change: Inspiring the Next Generation of Voters, a Facebook Live collaboration with the Public Advocate’s Office, Coalition Z, and NAACP Youth Division featuring Yessii. Signup at youthvoteny.eventbrite.com and/or stream at facebook.com/NYCPublicAdvocate
- Thurs, Oct 22 from 5-6:30 ET--Vote By Design for YouthBridge facilitated by Anna, Karla, and Lauren
**Sat, Oct 24-Sun, Nov 1–Early Voting in NYC**
- Fri, Oct 23 at 5PM–YVote Facilitator Katrice Ramirez-Henry on Instagram Live with Solar One K-12 Green Design Lab
- Sat, Oct 24—March to the Polls. The march is bringing together activists from Plus 1 Vote, the Youth Climate Strikes, Black Lives Matter Movement, Sunrise Movement, Pride, Black Women’s March and more to vote early through four rallies: two in Manhattan (1 and 2PM), one in Brooklyn (10AM), and one in the Bronx (12:30). Eligible voters will march from our rallies straight to the polls to cast their ballots and vote early. More info and the time and location for each Rally here
- Mon, Oct 26, 7-8PM–Digital Activism workshop featuring Yessii with the Nassau Youth Council. Sign up here
- Tues, Oct 27, 5-7PM–YVote Peer Leaders Meeting at https://zoom.us/s/7569852746 (Password: YVote)
- Wed, Oct 28, 5-6:30 PM–Beyond Voting: for Environmental Justice panel with Solar One featuring Karla, Katrice, Kekeli, Maisha, and Milena. Sign up here
- Thurs, Oct 29, 5-6PM–I Can’t But You Can Vote panel featuring Yessii, Yuleimy & reps from Galeo, Latino Community Fund, BronxNet) Register here
- Fri, Oct 30 at 6PM–YVote/DYCD Instagram Live on Youth Voting with the Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD).
**This weekend, Angelina, Anthony V, and Mia will be on BronxNet Open talking about YVote and youth voting on Fri at 7AM, 10AM, 5PM, and 8PM; Sat at 10AM, 5PM, and 8PM; and Sun at 10AM. Check them out!
- Sat, Oct 31, 12-4PM. Trick or Treat for Democracy: A YVote Afternoon of Action. We’ll be reaching out to prospective voters through text, phone, social media and other creative medium
**Tues, Nov 3–ELECTION DAY**
- Wed, Nov 4, 5-6:30 PM–Right Side of the Aisle: What’s Up with Conservatism workshop facilitated by Frank Yang. Sign up here
- Mon, Nov 16, 5-6:30 PM--Intro to International Relations facilitated by Nuzhat Wahid. Sign up here
Become a Poll Worker
If you’re 17, a citizen, have a 2.5 GPA or over, and are interested in working on Election Day (and making $350 for the training and working 5AM-9PM), sign up ASAP to become a Poll Worker at https://studentpollworker.vote.nyc/
Want to send texts?
→ Sign up to do text outreach to voters with the New York Immigration Coalition here
→ Sign up to text voters in Texas, Georgia, Wisconsin, Arizona, North Carolina, Colorado, and Montana to remind voters of their option to vote early and in Wisconsin and Florida to remind voters to turn in their absentee ballots.with Stand Up for America btw Oct 13-18 here
→ Sign up to help Get Out The Vote in Pennsylvania with Vote Save the People here
→Sign up to join the When We All Vote (cofounded by Michelle Obama!) Texting Team texting voters on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5-9pm ET–You don’t have to text the entire time!. Sign up here
- Encourage voters to sign up for When We All Vote with a #VotingSquad to vote together at a mailbox or dropbox, vote together early, vote together at the polls, or vote together virtually. Sign up or get more information here
Want to send texts or make calls with Democracy NYC?
→ You can find volunteer GOTV opportunities to text and call with the DemocracyNYC field team here on.nyc.gov/TextOutTheVote and on.nyc.gov/CallOutTheVote.
Want to call voters in Battleground States?
→ Sign up to Phone Bank with the ACLU here
→ Sign up with Swing Left here
Want to help with Election Protection?
What is Election Protection? Election protection is the act of ensuring that every voter who tries to vote can do so successfully without being turned away, provided incorrect voting information, intimidated, or held back by a fraudulent barrier to the ballot. Nonpartisan election protection efforts are critical to ensuring the integrity of our elections and providing assistance to voters. Election protection is especially important for college students and first-time voters. Young voters are often bombarded with misinformation, and they face systemic barriers that prevent them from voting and fighting for a livable future.
→ You can sign up to play a direct role in ensuring the integrity of our elections and protecting the right to vote by poll hopping between various polling locations and monitoring social media for misinformation, voter intimidation and other polling place issues. You can sign up here
Resources of use:
I Side With is an AMAZING website that helps prospective voters find their candidate match (great backstory: iSideWith.com was started in March 2012 by two friends with two very different views of politics. They are constantly finding and building new ways to boost voter engagement and education using information, data, and breaking technologies.)
NYC Votes’s 2020 Voter Guide,
Campus Election Engagement Project:
- Mail In/Absentee Ballot Info with state specific voting rules
- Nonpartisan Voter Guides
- Presidential NonPartisan Candidate Guide
Generation Citizen’s Beyond the Ballot resources