Our goal is to bridge knowledge gaps and lift each other up within our diverse set of communities — think of it like a subway system of empowerment, connecting the power of young people borough by borough. With that foundation, we’re going all in for the 2021 local elections. We’ll activate our peers by offering them new, innovative, and enjoyable ways to get involved in all local races, policy decisions, and opportunities for representation. And we’ll do so across all five boroughs. Our goal is clear — to empower young people across our city to make their voices heard. We know that engaging our peers now will create a generation of leaders, informed citizens, and active participants in the city we know and love. This is our city. Period.
We Power NYC Ambassador Program
The We Power NYC Ambassador Program is for New Yorkers aged 14-24 who are committed to increasing youth engagement in local elections. Ambassadors become voting experts by participating in weekly meetings, engaging with local history, hosting Voter Mobilization events in their community, and sharing critical non-partisan information on their social media. Applications for our 2021 We Power NYC Program are now live! We are looking for 17 New Yorkers aged 14-24 years old to participate in our paid program this year. Click the link below to apply.
Workshops and Trainings
Throughout the year, we offer public facing virtual workshops for young people, educators, and youth service providers looking to engage in local elections. Currently, we offer a Civic Engagement Workshop, Voter Mobilization Training, and a Ranked-Choice Voting Train-the-Trainer. See below for a complete schedule and to register for a training session. For groups of 10 or more, please contact Olivia Brady, Youth Engagement Coordinator, at email@example.com.
For educators and service providers interested in including supplemental civic engagement materials in their classrooms, we offer a series of online video trainings through Kajabi. On this site, you will find three trainings: Civic Engagement, Voter Registration, and How to Vote. As well as supplementary materials and one-pagers. Sign-up to take our online training course today!
Annual We the Young People Hearing
Every August, the New York City Campaign Finance Board hosts a youth-focused Voter Assistance Advisory Committee (VAAC) hearing. Our annual We the Young People Hearing provides an opportunity for youth to express their concerns regarding voting and local government on a public platform, while also building their writing and speaking skills. Testimony is shared with decision-makers across city government. View testimonies from our previous hearings below.
Past Events & Youth Partners
NYC Votes frequently partners with community based organizations and other City agencies to promote youth voting and civic engagement. Some of our strongest partners include: Urban Word, Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD), Department of Education (DOE), CUNY Votes, and YVote — just to name a few! If your organization is interested in signing on to be a We Power NYC Youth Partner, please contact our Youth Engagement Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org. Check out the links below to see highlights of programming and events NYC Votes has collaborated on in the past.
Take the CUNY Pledge to Vote
A great first step to getting involved in your community is taking the CUNY Pledge to Vote. We want 25,000 CUNY students to Pledge to Vote in 2021— take the Pledge today and share with your peers!
Want to learn how to pre-register to vote, register to vote, or cast your ballot? Have more questions? We’ve got answers! Check us out on social media or contact our Youth Engagement Coordinator, Olivia Brady, at email@example.com