2021 Summer ChangeMakers Institute

This summer, we were thrilled to bring 60+ new YVoters from over 45 schools and all five boroughs into the YVote Community. Check them out here

Summer At a Glance

Session 1 Session 2 Session 3
ThemeIntroductions, Identity & PowerVoting Rights and HistoryCommunity & Organizing
5:00 pm-5:15 pmIcebreaker:  “We Got Issues” YVote Welcome & Community Building YVote Welcome & Community Building
5:15 pm -5:45 pmYVote Welcome & Community AgreementsIcebreaker: Voting Today in the USA Quizzo Icebreaker: “Four Roles in Social Change” 
5:45 pm -6:30 pmPower Visualization ActivityVoting Rights: A Whirlwind Ride Through Time Community Mapping and Data
Dinner BreakDinner BreakDinner Break
7:30pm-8:00pmVoting Barometer: Political Attitudes and Beliefs Voting: Modern Barriers and Solutions Issue Identification (Problem Tree)
8:00pm-8:45pmAction Groups: Participant Introductions, KWL ChartsAction Groups: Workshop Focus Brainstorm & Initial Research Action Group: Making Connections to People and Voting, Creating Workshop Goals 
8:45pm-9:00pm Synthesis & Closing Reflections Synthesis & Closing ReflectionsSynthesis & Closing Reflections
Session 4Session 5Session 6
ThemeLocal GovernmentYouth OrganizingEnd of Summer Showcase 
5:00 pm-5:15 pmYVote Welcome & Community Building YVote Welcome & Community BuildingYVote Welcome & Community Building
5:15 pm -5:45 pmIcebreaker: Who’s Who in Local Government Icebreaker: Challenging Bias about Youth and OrganizingFinishing Touches for Workshops
5:45 pm -6:30 pmPolicy/Legislative Power Mapping: Stakeholder AnalysisOrganizing 101Action Groups Workshop Showcase
Dinner BreakDinner BreakDinner Break
7:30pm-8:00pmLobbying and Putting Pressure on Elected OfficialsAction Groups: Workshop BuildingAction Groups Workshop Showcase
8:00pm-8:45pmAction Group: Workshop Building, Types of Elicitive Action Groups: Workshop BuildingCelebration
8:45pm-8:00pm Synthesis & Closing ReflectionsSynthesis & Closing ReflectionsFinal Reflections and Next Steps

Check out each of our Summer Forums in Action:

The summer was punctuated by an incredible, in-person Day of Action. Check out images from the day here

The summer culminated with each Action Group creating a POWERFUL peer-to-peer workshop to educate middle and high school peers about their issue and how it intersects with voting and electoral politics. If you are interested in having a workshop facilitated in your school or community group, pop over to check out our Workshop section here. check out the powerful peer-to-peer workshops our YVoters cooked up over the course of the summer–and contact us if you’d like us to facilitate a workshop for YOUR school or community group!