New Year’s resolutions can be silly at times, but fun, too! Inspire U.S. has come a long way since we were founded in 2014 and we decided it was time to make our commitments for the new year public. So here goes...
#1 WE WILL TRAIN MORE INSPIRED LEADERS in 2019
We refer to our student leaders as Inspired Leaders. These Inspired Leaders register their peers to vote, engage their classmates in democracy and help get them to the polls on election day. So far this school year, we have trained 304 leaders and we will continue to train and support more students in each of our schools.
#2 WE WILL CONTINUE TO BUILD RELATIONSHIPS IN SUPPORT OF YOUTH VOTER ENGAGEMENT
We don’t express our appreciation enough for the election and school officials with whom we work. Together we have created state and local awards that recognize schools and students for excelling in youth voter engagement. More than 110 schools in our network have earned recognition and awards from Secretaries of State (Colorado, Kentucky, Nevada, and West Virginia), Departments of Education (Arizona), Governors (Pennsylvania and Virginia) and Mayors (Richmond, Virginia) for registering eligible students to vote. We thank you all for collaborating with us to encourage young people to actively participate in our democracy. We look forward to expanding this recognition to more schools in 2019!
#3 MORE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS WILL REGISTER AND PLEDGE TO VOTE
During the fall of 2018, more than 10,700 first time voters registered or pledged to vote with Inspired Leaders at their high schools. Throughout the Spring 2019 semester, we will help to engage 30,000 more high school students as they discover their voices in our democracy and embrace the power of their vote.
#4 WE WILL ASSIST YOUNG VOTERS TO MAKE A PLAN TO VOTE IN THEIR FIRST THREE CONSECUTIVE ELECTIONS
Our goal is to cultivate lifelong voters. We encourage young people who register and pledge to vote with Inspire U.S. to develop a habit of voting and identity as voters. We will inform them about absentee and early voting options, provide nonpartisan resources to help them learn more about what's on their ballots, and send updates regarding local polling requirements.
#5 WE WILL INCREASE VOTER TURNOUT
Often we see that students who registered or pledge to vote at Inspire high schools are two times more likely to vote when compared to other 18 and 19-year-olds in their state. Through peer-to-peer voter engagement activities, we seek to consistently see higher turnout among first-time voters.
Happy New Year!