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, record and produce 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 upcoming #2020VisionForChange Summer of Action program will bring together 150 teens from 69 high schools across the five boroughs of NYC to develop critical organizing and advocacy skills, engage in knowledge-building around issues they're passionate about--racial justice, climate change, immigration, criminal justice, affordability/gentrification--and how they connect to electoral politics, and build peer voter engagement campaigns and candidate "score cards."
We are also launching a Summer Civic Conversation Series, bringing 45 civic minded teens from across the country for civic dialogue and deliberation about complex issues from multiple perspectives over the course of six weekly interactive sessions
In addition, throughout the summer we are hosting weekly Social (Distancing) Issue Cinema Nights and will be starting Issue Analysis & Civil Discourse groups around the country.
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.