2021 Summer ChangeMakers Institute

2021 is a BIG Year with LOTS at Stake.

Want Change? 

You Gotta (Pre) Register, Vote,  Get Your Friends to Vote, and Get Youth Across the City To Vote in this Year’s Unprecedented Municipal Election.

YVote is working with budding activists and leaders to continue to build a youth voting and civic engagement movement, focused on making a positive difference in communities, at and beyond the ballot box, and strengthening voting rights and collective power.

Incoming YVoters will:

  • Participate in inquiry and dialogue about civic and political issues that matter most to you
  • Craft school and community campaigns to increase youth voting and civic engagement
  • Gain exposure to experiences and points of view different than your own
  • Build relationships with peers you can learn and grow with
  • Develop leadership and organizing skills 
  • Demonstrate commitment to learning, leadership, and active participation
  • Receive a stipend for engaged participation 

Who Is YVote For?

High school students with diverse backgrounds (racially, socioeconomically, politically) who want to be thought-leaders and change-makers in your schools and communities. Stipend of up to $150 available.

When and Where We Meet

Tuesdays, July 13-Tuesday, Aug 17 from 5-9PM with a one hour dinner break from 6:30-7:30 PM on Zoom, and one in-person Day of Action on Sat, Aug 7 from 11AM-4PM.

Program Schedule

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