Youth Rights, #16tovote, should 16 yr olds be given the vote? youth organizations that may be sympathetic


Here’s an interesting find:
Martin Wattenberg, a guy who studies political participation in the USA, wrote:
It’s a few years old now, reflecting a downtrend worldwide of youth voting. He partially blamed systems that don’t engage young people “voting is by the old, for the old” and also young people themselves.
However, he didn’t include the Internet.
The interesting thing is:
Watch what happened in response:

252 further articles cite Wattenberg’s work, mostly to contradict it by showing online youth participation in politics.

252 citations, most of which are proving him _wrong_
That’s pretty impressive. You’ll find a LOT of interesting material here, Elijah.,10&hl=en

While I don’t know how many of these address #16tovote – between these scholarly articles and the VERY VISIBLE increase in young adults campaigning for Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump, any argument that someone tries to make that says, “Young people don’t vote as much – why bother? See Wattenberg”… you can counter.
Also, this is an interesting resource from a different angle:

This group tries to engage people from the ages of 5-25 in politics: Check out this list of supporters:
ALL of these organizations might be worth contacting to spread the message.

Wow – I had no idea so many organizations were pro-civic for young people. I’m going to repost the list here: Imagine if there was a contact in _each_ of these organizations where you could have active discussions about #16tovote ?

AdLit. org
Afterschool Alliance
After-School All-Stars
AFS Intercultural Programs
Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation
Alliance for Catholic Education
Alliance for Children and Families
Alliance for a Healthier Generation
Alliance to Save Energy
Alpha Phi Omega
America SCORES
America’s Promise Alliance
America’s Service Commissions
American Association of Community Colleges
American Association of School Administrators
American Councils for International Education
American Federation of Teachers
American Red Cross
AmeriCorps Alums
Amigos de la Americas
Arab American Institute
Ariel Foundation International
Arison Foundation
Association for Middle Level Education
Association of Children’s Museums
Atlas Corps
Best Buddies International
Big Brothers Big Sisters of America
Boy Scouts of America
Boys & Girls Clubs of America
The C4 Group
Camp Fire USA
Campus Compact
The Campus Kitchens Project
Case Foundation
Catholic Volunteer Network
Center for Civic Education
Center for Cultural Interchange
Cesar E. Chavez Foundation
Chi Psi Fraternity
Child Family Health International
Cities of Service
City Year
Close Up Foundation
Coalition for Community Schools
Common Cents
Communities In Schools, Inc.
Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE)
The Congressional Award
Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI)
Constitutional Rights Foundation
Corporation for National and Community Service
The Corps Network
Department of Defense (Children and Youth Programs)
Department of Veterans Affairs, Voluntary Service
DoSomething . org
Earth Day Network
Earth Force
Earth Protect
EarthEcho International
Faith for Change
Family, Career and Community Leaders of America
The Familyhood Connection
FHI 360 (formerly Academy for Educational Development)
F.I.L.M. – Finding Inspiration in Literature and Movies
Food Day
Forum for Youth Investment
Future Business Leaders of America – Phi Beta Lambda
Generations United
Generator School Network & National Service-Learning Clearinghouse
Girls Scouts of America
Global Campaign for Education: United States Chapter
Global Volunteers
Global Youth Leadership Institute
Globall Giving
Golden Key International Honour Society
Grab the Torch
The Great American NO BULL Challenge
H2O for Life
Habitat for Humanity
Hands On Network / Points of Light Institute
Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life
HOPE Worldwide
Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership
IB World Schools
Innovation Center for Community and Youth Development
Innovations in Civic Participation
The Institute for Global Education and Service Learning (IGESL)
Inter-American Development Bank
Interfaith Youth Core
International Association for Volunteer Effort
International Baccalaureate Organization
International Education and Resource Network
International Rescue Committee
International Youth Foundation
The Jefferson Awards
Jewish Coalition for Service
Job Corps
Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG)
Latin-American Center for Service Learning (CLAYSS)
Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)
Malaria No More
March of Dimes
MENC: The National Association for Music Education
Mobilize org
Mothering Across Continents
Move for Hunger
National 4-H Council
National AfterSchool Association
National Association of Elementary School Principals
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
National Association of Peer Programs
National Association of Student Councils (NASC)
National Beta Club
National Center for Learning and Citizenship (NCLC)
National Children’s Oral Health Foundation: America’s ToothFairy
National Coalition for Academic Service-Learning
National Conference on Citizenship
National Council of La Raza
National Council for the Social Studies
National Dropout Prevention Center/Network
National Education Association
National Environmental Education Foundation
National Honor Society (NHS)
National Human Services Assembly
National Junior Honor Society (NJHS)
National League of Cities
National Network for Youth
National Organizations for Youth Safety
National Park Foundation
National Park Trust
National Service-Learning Clearinghouse
The National Society of Collegiate Scholars
National Summer Learning Association
National Wildlife Federation
National Youth Advocacy Coalition (NYAC)
National Youth Leadership Council
One World Youth Project
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Opportunity Youth United (OYU)
PANIM: The Institute for Jewish Leadership and Values
Partners of the Americas
Peace Child International
People to People International
Public Allies
Quota International
Relief International – Schools Online
Rotary International
Rural School and Community Trust
Search Institute
Service For Peace
Share Our Strength
ShelterBox USA
Sierra Club
Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity and Foundation
Sigma Alpha Lambda
Sister Cities International
Souper Bowl of Caring
Special Olympics
Student Conservation Association
Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD)
Students Against Violence Everywhere (SAVE)
Students Rebuild
Students Today Leaders Forever
Take Pride in America
Teach For America
Team Up 4 Community
Unite for Sight
United Nations Foundation
United Nations Millennium Campaign
United Nations Volunteers
United Nations Programme on Youth
United Way
U.S Center for Citizen Diplomacy
U.S. Conference of Mayors
U.S. Department of State
Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW)
VolunTEEN Nation
Volunteers of America
VSA arts
What Kids Can Do, Inc.
World’s Largest Lesson
World Oceans Day (The Ocean Project)
YMCA of the USA
Young Americas Business Trust
Youth for Understanding
Youth Venture
Youth Volunteer Corps of America
Completely unrelated, but I liked the powerful names of these organizations so I did an old fashioned Word map thing.

Anyway, I’ve gone from helpful to less-than-helpful tongue emoticon

I’m just envisioning having contacts within each of the organizations because they all share something in common via YSA: the importance of civic participation among young people,
Interesting to note with the map of names isn’t what’s there: it’s what’s barely there: RIGHTS.

Only one group has the word RIGHTS in their name.
It’s about teaching the rights of being an American citizen vs other countries, and human rights in general.

It’s not specifically FOR youth rights, even though it’s for teaching youth ABOUT rights as they exist.

Strange. Still though, I think these can all be useful groups to make contact with, for organizations that work with young people on a regular basis are far more likely to be sympathetic to how young people ACTUALLY are, rather than members of the general population (or politicians) whose awareness might only extend to their kids and grandkids and what they see on the TV and Internet or news.


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