Promoting positive relationships with peers Emphasizing youths’ strengths Providing opportunities to learn healthy behaviors Connecting youth with caring adults Empowering youth to assume leadership roles in programs Challenging youth in ways that build their competence
Service learning/community service Religious participation School participation Extracurricular activities (i.e. clubs, etc.) Sports participation Artistic expression (i.e. theaters, media) Civic engagement
Youth participation in a local tobacco control campaign Community gardens Small scale agriculture and cultural food production Youth radio Technology lab (photography and video action projects) Community mural Community assessment
Does this help others? Does my effort make a difference? Am I directly engaged? Do I trust the organization? Is it “cool” – do my friends do it? NOT: It is my duty
Meet Alix:She is an 18-year old who lives in northern California. She switched shampoos over animal testing and will not buy clothes produced by child labor. She yells a those who do not recycle, and last year in high school she helped organize a protest over the genocide in the Sudan, raising $13,000 for Darfur relief. All this was before she was even eligible to vote.
This is the largest youth led organization in the US when it comes to civil and youth rights Almost 10,000 youth members focus on removing and lowering legal restrictions that have been placed on the youths of today in America
To engage and build political power for young people in our country Mixes popular culture and politics Registered more than 5 million young people to vote, and has become a trusted source of information MILLENNIAL GENERATION=1/4 OF THE ENTIRE ELECTORATE IN 2012
ServiceVote is a YSA’s U.S. election-year campaign to engage young people, ages 5-25, in the political process by connecting with their peers, voters, and candidates For both voting age and non-voting age youth Challenges young people to learn more about our government and political system
Creates connections between youths and adults Focuses on youth empowerment, globalization, illegal child labor, and youth poverty
Formed in 1967 in Texas Aimed at fighting for Mexican-American Rights Involved in voter registration Goal: to achieve equality for Mexican Americans
Over 20 universities and colleges were represented for the Greater Together Youth Summit Over 140 students who wereeager to learn about organizingfor President Obama on theircampus and attended anawesome day of training
Began in Summer 2009 Believe that young people’svoices are not being heard in theDebate over health care reform National organization representing the interests of 18 to 34 year olds
Take advantage of the power of mass media Use social networking sites Focus on youth-related issues, which are often ignored by power politics and politicians Use celebrities to expand interest in campaigns Highlight the immediacy and necessity for ACTION!!!
The number of voters in the 2008 US Presidential election tripled, even quadrupled the total number of youth votes in some states compared to the 2004 elections In the Time Magazine article “Why Young Voters Care Again.” it was reported that Obama drew more under-30 voters in some states than all Republican candidates combined
The result can be to strengthen democracy--making the good news even better!