Inspired Stories

Inspire U.S. Success Stories from Across the Country

Voting Matters to WV Teen

Sumer Hughs is an Inspired Leader and recently graduated from Hannan High School, West Virginia. She is also a Fellow with the 22x20 campaign. Learn more about Sumer and her passion for voting.

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Alum Spotlight - Jay Falk

Jay helped register more than 700 of her peers to vote while in high school. Now she's working with a high school in Philadelphia while attending UPenn. Read more about Jay here.

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77,600 informed young voters


2019 is definitely an "on" year! Since January 1, 2019 more than 13,300 high school students have pledged to make their voices heard in elections around the country. Inspire U.S. now has a total of 77,600 young people in our movement!  

Many states have elections this spring and we have been contacting these young voters (many are first-time voters) via text, email, phone, and even snail mail to ensure they are going to the polls excited and informed. Check out one of our PA Inspire students getting out the vote on twitter here.

We also celebrated successes this month. Shadow Ridge High School received the Helen J. Stewart Award from the NV Secretary of State for registering more than 65% of eligible seniors to vote - 580 students! In attendance were Councilwoman Michele Flore, a representative from the office of Senator Catherine Cortez Masto and Secretary of State, Barbara Cegavske, who presented the award to the Inspire student leaders and school.

Shadow Ridge Celebration

In collaboration with Michelle Obama's initiative When We All Vote, Shadow Ridge High School students celebrate their award for registering 65% of their senior class to vote.

Inspire is busy recruiting the next cohort of 2019-20 Inspired Leaders. Our goal is to recruit 2-4 Inspired Leaders per high school. These accepted student leaders will attend Leadership Summits in their region where they will learn about election laws, engage in civil discourse, discover their leadership strengths and have fun with each other. Each Summit will cost roughly $2,000 to host. 

Springing into Success

In that last month Inspired Leaders have registered and pledged 3,000+ more young people to vote, that's a total of 68,344 young voters in our movement!

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Alum Spotlight - Angelo Cocchiaro

Angelo Cocchiaro was a 2017-18 Inspired Leader. He now attends American University in Washington, D.C. and has discovered what it means to be a civically engaged citizen. Read more about Angelo here.

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Heather Foglia - School Champion

Heather Foglia is a teacher at Sierra Vista high school in Las Vegas, Nevada. She is one of the reasons why 667 students at Sierra Vista have become registered, engaged voters. Hopefully lifelong voters. 

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School Champion encourages students to vote

Inspire U.S. school champion, Rachel Zane, shares her thoughts about the importance of engaging eligible high school voters through peer-to-peer interactions.  Read more from our interview with Rachel Zane.

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5 Million Young People turn 18 this Year

Before the 2018 general election, Inspire had grown its database to more than 60,000 young registered voters. This school year (2018-19), our goal is to grow that number to 100,000 and then to grow it again to exceed 200,000 by the time of the 2020 election! Your support and partnership will make this possible.

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Inspire Manager writes Children's Book

Hilary Kinney wrote Penelope's Petition to teach children about political apathy, teamwork and the power of their own voices. Read a recent interview here.

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Our 2019 Resolutions

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...

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