July 27, 2012 | By wonkum |
IMPACT and Black Youth Vote! want to arm you with the tools you need to raise awareness around civic engagement so you can be #VOTEREADY on Election Day. More than anything, starting the conversation is important.
Who We Are
IMPACT is an organization founded by young professionals of color in 2006. IMPACT’s purpose is to: (1) enhance knowledge of the political and legislative processes; (2) foster civic engagement, and; (3) enhance economic empowerment opportunities for other emerging leaders, ages 21 to 40.
Black Youth Vote! is a national grassroots coalition of organizations and individuals committed to increasing political and civic engagement among black youth and young adults between the ages of 18-35.
What We Know
College campuses will have a high number of students that need to register to vote for the 2012 Election Cycle. College-aged citizens were deemed a critical block of swing voters during the last presidential and midterm elections and will remain critical to the outcomes of this cycle. Additionally, college students are disproportionately affected by voter ID legislation in multiple states.
According to The Center For Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE), youth voting has risen since from 38p percent to 51 percent, from 2004 to the 2008 presidential election, with 62 percent of college-educated students casting a ballot. Youth have the numbers to affect a sufficient amount of change.
It is critical that student leaders mobilize their campuses to ensure we have an everlasting effect on this historic re-election campaign. As these leaders prepare to educate themselves, it is also up them to make sure their campuses have the tools and resources necessary to produce a great turnout for the 2012 election.
How We Can Help
Numerous organizations, including the Advancement Project, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights under Law, and the National Black Law Student Association, have all produced resources to help ease the process of registering voters on campuses. IMPACT and Black Youth Vote! are collaborating to ensure college students are equipped to hold campus-wide events to amplify civic engagement as well as identify and recruit pollworkers and pollmonitors through Foot Soldiers for Democracy initiative for the upcoming election. From building partnerships, to developing a seamless logistics plan, we want to guarantee students have support not only to educate their peers about becoming #VOTEREADY, but also to effectively communicate the urgency of the youth vote in order to produce historic results.