How Does This Change Anything?
The Right Way to Re-Engage Youth: It's Hard, but not that hard
Young, smart ambitious people want to do one thing - make good use of their youth, smarts and ambition. In 2008 young people proved they are willing and able to change the course of an election; we're raising the resources for them to do it every election.
- There are no cogs, there are no wheels. It's true and it's powerful. Responsibility and the chance to innovate keep people engaged, and keeps our organizing fresh.
- When people organize for themselves they create a community they want to stay a part of.
- Fact: Everyone has different skills, not everyone phonebanks. Giving people a chance to engage in a way that interests them is the best first step to getting them involved.
- New people don't get a chance to prove themselves outside of campaigns because no one will entrust them with funds. With your help, we're changing that. Right now.
Empowering the New Activists: It takes money, but not that much money
Start Strong, Finish Strong: It takes people, A LOT of people. You.
We're starting with GOTV
- Bus trips of people to competitive districts.
- Promotion. Because if no one knows, know one cares.
- Food and drinks because even if they know, they may still not care. But they still need to eat.
We're finishing with long-term retention
- I said it before, I'll say it again: There are no cogs, there are no wheels.
- Continual planning of programs and events that will allow the Young Democrats to advocate for progressive issues.
- Creation of a strong Downstate Young Democrats community through shared projects to keep people active and inspire new people to join.