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26TH AMENDMENT COMMUNICATIONS TOOLKIT

This toolkit is intended to be a working document to uplift messaging throughout the year connected to the 50th Anniversary of the 26th Amendment.

Visit https://slsvcoalition.org/26th-amendment/ for more information and resources.

Special thanks to staff participating in the SLSV 26th Amendment Working Group, specifically folks from the Andrew Goodman Foundation, the Alliance for Youth Organizing, Fair Elections Center’s Campus Vote Project, LeadMN, the Students Learn Students Vote (SLSV) Coalition, and the StudentPIRGS for their work on compiling these materials.

26TH AMENDMENT COMMUNICATIONS TOOLKIT

KEY DATES

Calendar

Ratification Anniversaries

Additional Messaging Opportunities

KEY MESSAGES

CONSTITUTION DAY SOCIAL MEDIA WEEK OF ACTION

SOCIAL MEDIA

Messaging Guidance

Main Hashtags

Graphics

Sample Language

#26forthe26th Student Stories Social Posts

Resources

Sample Press Releases

Template State/Local Government Proclamation: 50th Anniversary

A #26thAmendment Twitter Chat Template

Social Media Week of Action

Template Email for Organizational Listserv

CONSTITUTION DAY SOCIAL MEDIA WEEK OF ACTION

Constitution Day is fast approaching and we’re celebrating all week with a Social Media Week of Action from September 13-17, to build momentum into Constitution Day and punctuate our 26th Amendment campaign. This week will culminate with a Constitution Day panel and event hosted by the Eagleton Institute of Politics’ Center for Youth Political Participation on Friday, September 17.

See the plan here and join us! Today’s theme is...

KEY DATES

Calendar

For a complete listing of all upcoming 26th Amendment-related events and key dates, check out this calendar with tabs for each month.

Ratification Anniversaries

Additional Messaging Opportunities

KEY MESSAGES

SOCIAL MEDIA

Messaging Guidance

Main Hashtags

Graphics

Folder with social media graphics can be found here.

Sample Language

#26forthe26th Student Stories Social Posts

As part of the 26th Amendment Working Group’s #26forthe26th campaign, each week for the next 26 weeks we will be promoting one student activist whose work is helping to achieve the full promise of the 26th Amendment. Every Tuesday we will add a set of posts for a new student to the comms toolkit in the list below. Then every Thursday at 3pm ET, those posts will be published by a member of the Coalition. We strongly encourage all partners to uplift each week’s #26forthe26th posts by sharing, re-tweeting, re-posting, liking, or promoting in any other appropriate way. 

If you’d like to submit a student to be considered for these posts you can do that here.

If you want to share the posts about #26forthe26th activists and include your own accompanying language, here is some sample template language:

This year we’re recognizing 26 student activists who, like [student and college’s name and social media handles], are working to achieve the full potential of the #26thAmendment. Learn more about [student] and what motivates their extraordinary work: #26forthe26th

Next post (Sept. 16th, 3 PM ET)

#26forthe26th social media posts published so far (Click here for #26forthe26th posts on Twitter and Instagram)

  1. April 15, 3PM ET: Charese Harrison, Cuyahoga Community College
  2. April 22, 3PM ET: Kamryn Yanchick, University of Oklahoma 
  3. April 29, 3PM ET: Travis Waters, Florida State University
  4. May 6, 3PM ET: Briana Hayes, University of Georgia
  5. May 13, 3PM ET: Jocelyn Roof, University of Iowa
  6. May 20, 3pm ET: Syeeda Rahman, Suffolk University
  7. May 27, 3pm ET: Katya Ehresman, University of Texas
  8. June 3, 3pm ET: Tamia Fowlkes, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  9. June 10, 3pm ET: Christina Williams, Clark Atlanta University
  10. June 17th, 3 PM ET: Aigne Taylor, North Carolina A&T University
  11. June 24th, 3PM ET: Niamh Harrop, University of Central Florida
  12. July 1st, 10:30am ET: Sebastian Canales, Cuyahoga Community College
  13. July 8th, 4:30 pm ET: Laya Reddy, GWU
  14. July 15th, 3:00pm ET: Alex Gordon, Eckerd College
  15. July 22nd, 3:00pm ET: Shreya Bandyopadhyay, UW-Madison
  16. July 29th, 4:30pm ET: Mallory Anzivino, University of Washington
  17. August 5th 3pm ET: TW-Marissa Pittman Dillard University
  18. August 12th 3pm ET: Amanda Shie Purdue University
  19. August 19th 3pm ET: Montserrat Pineda University of Redlands
  20. August 26th 3pm ET: Ric Galvan, University of Texas
  21. September 2nd 3pm ET: Eugenia Gabrielle Agobe, Southwestern University
  22. September 9th 3pm ET: Jackson Snellman, Rutgers New Brunswick
  23.  September 16th 3pm ET: Alex Flowers, Piedmont Community College

Resources

All these resources are communications related. For additional resources like a workshop facilitation or a trivia game, visit https://slsvcoalition.org/26th-amendment/.

 

Sample Press Releases

This template includes a sample campaign press release and an event press release.

Template State/Local Government Proclamation: 50th Anniversary 

Resources for authoring a draft proclamation to submit to your local or state-level officials, so they may issue it in support of the 26th Amendment. Beyond each state’s anniversary date and the national anniversary on July 5th, Constitution Day (September 17th) is another rallying point.

A #26thAmendment Twitter Chat Template

On Thursday, July 1 from 2-3pm ET the 26th Amendment Working Group hosted a Twitter Chat to spread visibility and amplify the Amendment’s 50th anniversary. Check out the template if you want to facilitate your own #26thAmendment Twitter Chat. Copy the document and make it your own! Peruse this Twitter Moment to see all the great highlights from the chat, learn more about the 26th Amendment’s history and significance, and find examples of great messaging for your next event or campaign!

 

Social Media Week of Action

The week of June 28-July 2 was the 26th Amendment Working Group’s Social Media Week of Action – a weeklong communications campaign to build momentum into the 50th anniversary of the Amendment’s ratification. Check out this guide or this Twitter Moment overview for ideas and resources on future programming for Constitution Day and other occasions throughout this campaign!

Template Email for Organizational Listserv

Use this template to email your organization to highlight the 50th anniversary of the 26th Amendment.