In line with the Global Shaper Community’s 2021 Equity & Inclusion Impact Area goal of mobilizing 100,000 young people and diverse populations to become more civically engaged within their communities, we know we have work to do in the United States. Here, young people are apathetic around civic engagement. Only 31% of eligible millennials voted in the U.S. midterms in 2018, and we have the lowest voter turnout of any age group in elections. There are ~40 Global Shaper Hubs in the U.S. and if, together, we commit to being more civically engaged through our participation in elections, we can increase the diversity of decision making and include our perspective at the highest levels of power in this country.
Project Lead: Miami Hub (Liz Alarcón)
Communications Lead: Orlando Hub (Sana Amarasinghi)
Partnerships Lead: Oakland Hub (Laksmi Lagares)
Voter Education Committee Chair: Baltimore Hub (Brooke Petruzzelli & Jade Clayton)
Voter Registration Committee Chair: Seattle Hub (Shireen Tabrizi & Smriti Sastry)
Voter Mobilization Committee Chair: Dallas Hub (Kayla Barnes)
Voter Education: To host 100 Civic Dinners across the country and countless other voter education initiatives to engage new voters in the issues that matter to them.
Voter Registration: To register 1,000 new young diverse people in time (depending on deadlines in each state) for them to participate in the 2020 elections.
Voter Mobilization: For each eligible Shaper in the U.S. to vote in the 2020 elections and to get 5 new diverse young people to vote.
Miami Hub #ShapingtheVote Goals:
- Host 10 voter education events for young people between the ages of 18 and 30 by November 2020.
- Establish targeted partnerships to register 100 new millennials and minority/diverse people in time for them to participate in the 2020 elections.
- All Miami Hub Shapers who are eligible to vote in the 2020 elections, vote for their chosen candidates.
- Miami Hub Shapers leverage their personal networks to bring out an additional 50 non-hub members to the polls.