YVote Summer 2023 Application--Democracy Camp & ChangeMakers Institute
Are you interested in being part of a youth voter and civic participation movement and in mobilizing your peers to be civically engaged, at and beyond the ballot box?

Democracy is in peril, in the U.S. and around the world. A national poll of America’s 18- to 29-year-olds by the Institute of Politics at Harvard Kennedy School indicates that a majority of young Americans believe that our democracy is “in trouble” or “failing.” Further, despite increased youth voter turnout in recent elections, doubts and distrust of American democracy likely play a role in depressing the youth vote. The best way to tackle these very real concerns about the fragility of our imperfect democracy is to bring civic-minded young people together to build the skills, knowledge, and networks necessary to shape a democracy that we all can trust.

Towards this end, we welcome you to apply to our summer programs:
** Democracy Camp is a weeklong in-person intensive engaging diverse teens from across NYC in analyzing the history and current state of our democracy, investigating specific challenges of our times (for ex, voting rights or racial injustice), designing Democracy Projects to tackle the challenges you’ve identified, making recommendations about how to work across differences to create inclusive civic solutions, and creating action plans to implement with peers over the 2023-24 school year. 

Democracy Camp will start with an orientation and community building on Tues, June 27 from 4:30-7:30PM and will then run the rest of the week from 11AM-5PM through Sat, July 1 with an extended evening of fun and festivity on Thurs, June 29 from 5-8PM. Democracy Camp will be conducted at the NY Society for Ethical Culture, 2 W 64th St in Manhattan

** The YVote ChangeMaker Summer Institute will equip you to be on the front lines of a youth social movement focused on creating change--and holding elected officials accountable--around issues you care about: criminal, climate, gender & LGBTQIA+, immigration, mental health, and racial justice. Program meets IN PERSON on Tuesday evenings, July 11-Aug 15, from 5:30-8:30 PM, with a Day of Action on Saturday, Aug 5 from 10AM-4PM. Location TBD in Manhattan

Participants in each program will qualify for a stipend of up to $250 for full and engaged participation. Apply ASAP and no later than June 9.

If you are interested or available only for a Zoom-based program, you may want to apply for our Next Generation Politics Summer Civic Fellowship, which meets Wed, July 12-Aug 16 from 5-7PM ET on Zoom. Within it, you'll participate in conversations that emphasize multiple perspectives on key civic issues of our time with experts and civic-minded teens from across the city and country. Head over to https://www.tinyurl.com/NGPSummerApp to apply

This program will support you in building knowledge to support a youth wave in voting and civic engagement in NY and beyond, and to implement campaigns in your schools.  If you have any questions, feel free to email Sanda@yvoteny.org 
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