The Mile 22 Associates Lunch and Learn which took place on Tuesday, March 20th, revolved around Benefits Organizing and Earned Revenue. The intent was to create a space to discuss long-term strategies for increasing revenue, building power, and growing membership in organizations across the youth empowerment space. Invited participants had the chance to share learning from tactics they are trying, interact with folks working on the forefront of these issues, and explore opportunities for working together to fill gaps in the field. The presenter was Ben Brown, the founder and CEO of the Association of Young Americans.
Cities have appetites for civic innovation, but face structural and institutional barriers in their implementation. How can these groups work hand in hand with other institutions, non-profits, and residents to reduce barriers to participation, while simultaneously improve the quantity, quality, and equality?
At Mile 22, our experience has shown us that it takes a systems level approach – with continued input from local stakeholders to shape evolution for continuous improvement – involving multiple networks, associations, individuals, and institutions to move the national needle on civic engagement.
Cities have a unique opportunity to integrate best practices for increasing access to the voting both and improving public dialogue input through alternative means. Councilwoman Cervone, of Clarkston, GA, invited our team and others to explore these ideas and what it would mean for cities to take ownership for it’s residents’ participation.
I hope you’ll listen and stay tune as we keep learning how to solve these chronic problems.
Break out your old research methods notes, we’re going in.
If you work in the social sector, you most likely have heard about RCTs (Randomized Controlled Trials). Currently, RCTs are venerated as the most rigorous method available to measure outcomes of programs and initiatives — and they’re pretty straightforward (if it’s been a few years since you’ve thought about an RCT, this video will jog your memory).
Tailgates, fireworks, patriotism, and lights all shine their brightest on Saturday game days across America. The culture surrounding college football games is a defining characteristic of American higher education. Football galvanizes universities and communities to take pride in their identities, raises awareness of worthy causes, and gives everyone a reason to rally behind their school.
Colleges and universities across the country sought to help more of their students participate in the 2016 presidential election—and many were successful. Overall turnout for college students was up by over 3 percent nationally from the 2012. Here at the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge, we believe that this success should be recognized and celebrated.
Western Carolina University (WCU), my beautiful campus tucked away in a Blue Ridge valley, had high expectations for the 2016 election. The civic engagement team I led as a student coordinator hoped for a 10-24% increase in student voter turnout; and, until recently, we believed it was a goal firmly rooted in the realm of possibility.
Voting is a privilege that is historically limited, manipulated and skewed by lawmakers worldwide. However, those with the right to vote often take the freedom for granted, as evident in low voter participation amongst USF students. The National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement reports that in the 2014 midterm election, only 19.6 percent of USF student registered voters showed up to the polls. Comparatively, 33.4 percent of all college students voted in the same election. One program at USF is seeking to change USF’s voter turnout for the better.