Last week I posted about a new app called Carpool2Vote connecting voters in need of a ride to the polls with volunteer drivers. Carpool2Vote is now collaborating with a new civic engagement initiative called Walk2Vote.
a civic engagement initiative that has grown from a local campus program to a national model for student civic organizing. The model is a guide that will walk students through the process of planning their own civic engagement program on their campus that will include: voter deputy training (if required by state law), marketing campaigns, voter registration campaigns, funding resources, civic research, registration/voter turnout contests and a celebratory event which includes musical performances, keynote speakers and concludes with everyone walking to vote en masse (subject to local and state voting laws). Through gaining knowledge, deliberating upon the issues, and exercising the right to vote that people gain a voice in the trajectory of the country. Once people are engaged, they begin to take a deeper interest in the problems that plague the nation and consider solutions.
The initiative is created, organized, and led by students.
I’m inspired by this student-led initiative and hope you will be too. Check out the Walk2Vote website and encourage young people in your network to get involved!