YVote 2021-2022

Building off our YVote Summer ChangeMaker Institutes, we’re excited that we’ll be running two complementary bi-weekly cohorts this school year, running on Tuesdays from 5:00-7:00 PM on Zoom, complemented by periodic in person actions and gatherings–like our fantastic holiday gathering on Nov 22. Check out the photos here

Cohort A: Political Education and Advocacy

DateTheme(s)Key Goals
Sept 21Introductions, Campaign Case Study, and Community BuildingBuild connections between YVoters, understand purpose and application of the Political Education and Advocacy track.
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Oct 19

Understanding Power and Our Role Within MovementsReflect on personal strengths and areas of growth, understanding power and how we can build it, talk about November 2021 local elections and make sure folks have a voting plan–and are equipped to influence peers and family members to vote
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Nov 16Navigating Our (New!) Local GovernmentUnderstand political landscape in NYC and issues that are at stake; familiarize with local coalitions and their campaigns; hear from guest speaker on their coalition structure and what new City government means for their coalition’s campaigns
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Dec 14Navigating Our (New!) State GovernmentUnderstand political landscape in Albany and issues that are at stake; learn when and how the state budget and other laws pass in Albany; research your state elected officials
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Jan 18Building a People’s BudgetUnderstand how local and state budgets are moral documents; learn what’s in current state budget proposal and what it means for young people; write an email to your elected official about your budget priorities in the state budget cycle
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Feb 15It’s My Money and I Want It NOWUse personal experience and storytelling in your communication tools about an issue; conduct surveys and polls to collect data; analyze data relevant to an issue and/or policy recommendation; be a speaker at public event / community forum
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Mar 15Testify! How to Speak with Elected OfficialsIdentify different strategies for engaging with elected officials (social media, phone calls, in meetings, at events); practice elevator pitch for issues impacting your community
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April 26Campaign Strategy 101: Building Campaigns that WinUnderstand the distinction between strategy and tactics; Map your community assets and identify potential allies; Learn about effective tactics in social justice campaigns
May 24State Elections: Who the h**k are these people, and how can we get people to vote? (or, you know, a different title)Assess a political candidate’s platform and how they are aligned to your issue; Educate a group of peers on the importance of voting (in advance of state primary election); Share information about how to vote
June 14TBD

Cohort B: Youth Organizing and Activism

DateThemesKey Goals
Oct 5The Future is Now: youth power and movement buildingBegin community building, identify personal values and goals, develop a shared understanding of youth organizing and activism.
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Nov 2

Community Organizing 101: Developing A Path Towards Anti-Oppression and Intersectionality To begin understanding how their personal identities tie into broader social justice issues. Explore the legacies of oppression through an intersectional lens and unpack how they shape our current movements. 
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Dec 7

Community Organizing 101: Power  Analysis and Campaign Development Develop an understanding of community organizing, discuss the power and power dynamics, explore campaign development.
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Jan 11

Direct Action 101 Introduction to pulling off direct actions, explores what makes an action effective, how to work as a group in a direct action.
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Feb 8

Story-telling for the Movement Understand the role of messaging and communications within social justice, explore different tools, practice messaging and story-telling tools
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March 1

Issue Area development (this will be a hybrid of the action group model we used during the summer) Yvote action groups will begin putting their organizing skills and knowledge into action. Each YVote action group will be paired with an external youth-led social justice group to discuss demands and strategies for activism during the upcoming NYC budget fight. 
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April 5

NYC City Budget (Preparation)YVoters will have the opportunity to meet with city council members to discuss issue areas that matter to them and also share thoughts on budget priorities as defined by young people. 
May 10

Taking ActionBy this point, YVoters would have met with an elected official and would begin thinking about ways to take action outside of advocacy meetings. YVoters will develop a short projection that will bring attention to their issue area. 
June 7

Community Organizing & Sustainability To close out, we will reflect on the year while also discussing ways that young people can prioritize their self-care and mental health while organizing.