Mobilizing young voters — to mobilize their peers

first_imgMaking Caring Common — a project at the Harvard Graduate School of Education that supports young people’s moral and civic development — has launched a new, nonpartisan voter mobilization and civic education initiative for young voters from across the country. The initiative, called Get Out the Vote, aims to encourage young adults (ages 18–25) to effectively mobilize their peers, as well as to provide them with civic knowledge and organizing skills that they can draw on now and throughout their lives.The three-week program, with 74 participants from 26 states, runs through August 14, 2020. It will offer trainings in voter registration, voter turnout, and community organizing, as well as public seminars and small-group sessions on topics including the history of voter disenfranchisement, the challenge and promise of civic education, vote suppression, the electoral college, and key issues for Democrats and Republicans in the 2020 election. Participants who complete the program will earn a certificate from Making Caring Common.“Only 40 percent of college students turned out in the 2018 midterm election — a dramatic jump from the 19 percent student turnout in the 2014 midterm elections, but a disappointing percentage for any healthy democracy,” says Senior Lecturer Richard Weissbourd, faculty director of Making Caring Common, noting that non-college students were even less likely to vote. “Research has found that the most effective strategy for motivating young people to register and to vote is thoughtful prompting from their peers. We hope this initiative will give young adults the tools they need to do that. We have wonderful young people participating in the program from all over the country who understand the importance of strengthening our democracy and civic life.”Get Out The Vote: A public seminar seriesThe initiative will host a series of seminars on Zoom and Facebook that are open to the general public. Seminars will feature a range of speakers and leaders grounded in the history of voting rights, representation, and current action to expand access and engagement.The first two of the public seminars are coming this week:On July 28, at 5 p.m. Black Voters Matter Fund co-founder Cliff Albright will join members of Making Caring Common’s Youth Advisory Board for a conversation about building community and organizational capacity to foster and amplify Black voting power. Register here.On July 30 at 5 p.m., HGSE Professor Meira Levinson will join Sean A. Floyd, a nonprofit and public-sector leader who now runs the Washington, D.C., consulting firm Nomadic Solutions, to discuss the civic empowerment gap and how to eliminate it. They’ll discuss insider politics and outsider activism, and why and how youth, people of color, first generation college students, and new Americans can upend traditional power disparities in U.S. politics. Register here.For more public seminars, check this page.last_img read more

Milton Dick, Federal member for Oxley, on why he loves living in Durack, Brisbane

first_imgMilton Dick, Federal Member for Oxley.Milton Dick, the Federal Member for Oxley, loves his Durack home, which is close to a fresh produce market. Where I live … Clive Berghofer, philanthropist and $1m QLD donor to coronavirus cure 2. What do you love about your home? 3. What would you change about your home? 5. If money was no option, what would be your fantasy home and where? 4. What is the best thing about your suburb? Where I live … Madeline Stuart, model My dad had a real eye for property and he always told my brother and sisters to never sell, unless of course the price was at least double what you had listed. 1. Where do you live and why? 6. What was the best piece of property advice you were given or the biggest lesson you learned? I live in Durack, a suburb in Brisbane’s southwest. I love living here as there’s a lot of open green space close by. RELATED Durack is close to the Inala Civic Centre, which has one of the best fresh produce markets in Brisbane. I love grabbing fresh veggies and herbs for dinner. If I could change one thing I would extend my front deck, I love having friends over and I’d like to make more of our Queensland weather.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus9 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market9 hours ago I would love to own a small farm, maybe in a spot such as Boonah, close enough to the city but with a large acreage. My home has a big backyard, filled with lots of greenery. Where I live … Dr Bevan Geissmann, a co-founder of Halcyon villageslast_img read more