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Turn Youth Passion into Youth Action

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Our Story 

YVote was co-founded in 2017 by high school students across NYC concerned by the breadth of civic breakdown across the US, low youth voting rates despite high stakes, and the lack of civic education in schools. We equip young people—especially those who have been historically disenfranchised—to become informed and engaged civic leaders. Through our civic programs, coalition work, and youth leadership opportunities, YVote addresses the lack of knowledge and commitment to “why vote?” and puts the “Y” (youth) into voting. 


What We’ve Accomplished

YVote has engaged more than 1,000 teens in our out-of-school, peer-led civics programs. Only 29% of youth enter our programs reporting at least some civic knowledge or experience, but 93% of youth leave assessing themselves as highly knowledgeable and experienced in these areas. 


After participating in our programs, YVote youth report:

  • Commitment to voting and to mobilizing their peers
  • Confidence in helping other register or pre-register to vote
  • Increased understanding of democratic principles and processes 
  • Growth in effective leadership skills and confidence
  • Development of positive relationships with teens from different backgrounds


Our Approach 

YVote programs are issue-based and peer-led. 


Our curriculum places youth at the intersection of the issues they care about most—racial justice, climate justice, mental health, education, immigration—and civic participation. By analyzing the root causes of these issues and collaboratively suggesting solutions, youth lay the foundation for their own lifetime of civic engagement and responsibility. 


Our programs are designed, planned, and facilitated by trained youth leaders. Inspired by peers who they can relate to and who model civic commitment, program participants establish a shared purpose and come to understand how issues are impacted by electoral politics and the roles young people can play.


Where We’re Going 

Our next three years we plan to reach more teens in more communities across the country with our issue-based, peer-led approach to civics education. In 2024, we plan to:

  • Expand our first-of-its-kind Democracy Camp, to inspire and equip more youth to protect democracy
  • Launch a much-needed digital Youth Civic Hub, to make voting resources and civic opportunities known and navigable to youth and their families
  • Strengthen our flagship programs—Change Makers and Next Gen Civic Fellowship—to develop a rising generation of civic leaders
  • Amplify youth voice and needs in the policymaking process through the NYC Youth Agenda
  • Build connective tissue for collective impact through the NYC Civic Coalition


By investing in YVote/Next Gen, you're investing in a future that listens to, supports, and follows youth as they lead us toward a more just and equitable society. We hope you'll join us in this youth led movement! 


Note: Donations are made through our fiscal sponsor Social Good Fund, who then distribute the funds to YVote/Next Generation Politics. If you would like to make a donation via check, make it out to the address below and write "YVote/Next Generation Politics" in the memo line.


Social Good Fund

12651 San Pablo Ave

Richmond, CA 94805



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