Youth/Student Fund

Why Your Donation Matters
  • The easiest way to donate to top youth and student groups.
  • 100% of funds are re-granted to local groups mobilizing progressive voters.
  • Make a Catalytic Difference – MVP grants to locally-rooted, small-to-medium sized organizations where your dollars can make a game-changing difference.
  • More Bang for your Buck with Targeting Overlays – MVP focuses on opportunities to fund voter mobilization not just for a single race, but in areas and states where our partners can impact multiple races.
  • Mind the Gaps – MVP focused on local groups and areas of Senate states that are underfunded and not getting enough resources from national organizations.
  • Build long-term infrastructure and leadership for progressive change – MVP invests in groups that are locally rooted and driving change not just for one election, but year after year. We fund organizations and local leaders that will drive a Wave in 2018 and then immediately get to work on 2019 and 2020, not one-off campaigns that come and go each cycle.
The Youth/Student Fund supports these groups:
Colorado
New Era Colorado & Action Fund

A first-rate youth and student vote group that runs both large-scale voter mobilization and issue campaigns. An Alliance for Youth Action affiliate. In 2016, New Era Colorado ran a huge 55,000 youth voter registration drive, a voter education program on 7 college campuses and distributed over 300,000 voter guides.

Florida
Engage Miami (c4) / Engage Miami Civic Fund (c3)

Believes in SPEAKING YOUTH TO POWER.  They are developing a bold, creative, impactful and local culture of civic participation among young people.   Organizing along social justice lines and affiliated with the Alliance for Youth Action, in 2016 they registered 4,200 new voters, distributed over 75,000 voter guides on college campuses and communities.  Overwhelming passed a measure that allows citizens to sue the city whenever they violate their charter. 

Florida
Florida Student Power Network

Dynamic new statewide student network that organizes on every issue from climate, racial justice to immigrant rights. They are working on more than 20 campuses in 18 counties – training leaders, mobilizing youth for a key voter restoration campaign (Amendment 4) and engaging voters for the 2018 mid-term election and beyond. They’ve expanded to high schools in the wake of the Parkland massacre and walkout movement.

Georgia
Georgia Shift

Georgia Shift gives marginalized young people a seat at the table of democracy through civic media, hands-on education, and action opportunities. They envision a Georgia where marginalized young people are the fundamental driver of political impact and public policy at every level of government in an unbridled democracy.

Illinois
Chicago Votes / Education Fund

A strong youth-driven organization and Alliance for Youth Action affiliate, Chicago Votes has registered over 20,000 voters, distributed 100,000 voter guides connecting living wage and police accountability to local races, advanced statewide democracy reforms including Online and Election Day Voter Registration, and elevated the voices of black and brown youth in the local civic arena.

Michigan
Michigan Student Power Network

A growing progressive student network, which launched VOTE MOB campaigns on 8 campuses in 2016, distributed more than 13,000 voter guides, registered more than 1300 people to vote, and fought for local progressive candidates and ballot measures, in partnership with community groups.

Montana
Forward Montana

The largest youth civic engagement organization in the state that voices their values at the capitol, ballot box and in the streets. It hosts candidate forums and provides educational resources to voters. In 2018, it co-led an effort that passed a non-discrimination ordinance in Missoula and Bozeman. It is an affiliate of the Alliance for Youth Action.

North Carolina
Southern Vision Alliance / Ignite NC

A new but vibrant and growing youth and campus-oriented network, Southern Vision Alliance is an umbrella which supports five different youth and student efforts: Ignite NC, Community Alliance for Public Education, Education Justice Alliance, NC Vote Defenders, and Youth Organizing Institute. SVA helps them build capacity to take on social, economic, and environmental justice campaigns as well as to get out and protect the youth vote in more than a dozen counties.

Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Student Power Network

A youth-led network of high school and college students organizing for social justice throughout the state including livable wages, climate justice, and immigrant justice. They are demanding action and winning candidates support to make college free and accessible for all PA students.

Virginia
Virginia Student Power Network / Alliance

A statewide student organizing network at six campuses to fight the rise of college tuition, crushing student debt and push racial and social justice on-campus. Fiscally sponsored by New Virginia Majority/ New Virginia Majority Education Fund.

Wisconsin
Leaders Igniting Transformation (LIT) / LIT AF

Leaders Igniting Transformation (LIT) is a new organization led by youth of color. They engage in values-based issue and electoral organizing, direct action, advocacy for public policy, and leadership development. On campuses and communities in Milwaukee’s key geographies, they organize young people to build independent political power for social, racial and economic justice.

Youth/Student Fund
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