Next Generation Politics and YVote were founded in the aftermath of the 2016 election, in recognition of the breadth of civic breakdown in our country, the low percentage at which young people vote, the degree to which civic education is absent in our schools, and the extent of segregation of students within even diverse and dynamic cities. We bring together high school students who are socioeconomically, racially, and politically diverse to grapple with complex civic issues and current events in order to be informed, engaged citizens and change-makers within schools and communities. We focus on perspective-taking, critical thinking, and civil discourse, creating on-ramps for youth to be actively involved in strengthening democracy and civil society. We are striving to build a cross-partisan movement of young people committed to building bridges through deliberative dialogue across various divides.
We host monthly Civic Forums for 70 Civic Fellows from across 15 high schools (with more streaming from around the country), run a robust "by GenZ, for GenZ" blog, and recently launched a weekly podcast called The Round Table to provide a platform for conversation and engagement of civically-minded young people from different parts of the country.
Our biweekly YVote Pizza and Politics Forums bring youth from across the five boroughs of New York City to develop critical organizing and advocacy skills and build vital youth voter engagement campaigns.
GenZ and millennials will make up close to 40% of the electorate in 2020. Your generous donation will help us equip young people to be informed, engaged transformers of our political landscape.