NextGen Brings Youth Voter Registration Drive to USF
NextGen Florida said it will partner with the Black Student Union to register USF students to vote. The USF visit is part of a larger drive to register youths to vote.
TAMPA – NextGen Florida will register and engage students at University of South Florida as students arrive on campus for the fall semester.
NextGen, which said it is partnering with the Black Student Union, is scheduled to make its “Call to Action” from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. today (Aug. 22) at the MLK Stage Fountain, 4103 Cedar Circle at teh University of South Florida in Tampa.
The group’s visit to USF is part of a larger drive by NextGen America to register, motivate, and turn out more than half a million young people to vote in 11 states. In Florida, NextGen will engage students on 43 campuses across Florida and will participate in several major events. One of those is the “Next Generation’s Call to Action,” an event during which organizers register students to make their voices heard in November and meet candidates running for office. The goal is to register 15,000 young Floridians as they’re moving into college.
“Young Americans are energized like never before. Our generation can make history in November, but only if we put in the work in August,” said NextGen America National Organizing Director Erin Carhart. “Students are coming back to school this year ready to reshape the politics of this country, and this fall, we’re going to make sure they have the tools to do so.”
For students already registered on campus, NextGen will ask 15,000 young voters to pledge to vote in November. In addition to its peer-to-peer organizing efforts, NextGen will spend $45,000 on campus advertising just during the first two weeks of school on each campus, reaching 400,000 young voters in Florida and asking them to pledge to vote. Move-in ads will emphasize the power of young people as a voting block and run in print and on Facebook, SnapChat and YouTube.
NextGen America organizers say this is the largest youth organizing effort in American history. Organizers have been on the ground since 2017 — registering, engaging and mobilizing young people across the 11 states to make their voices heard this November. With an initial $3.5 million investment and more than 100 organizers already on the ground, NextGen Florida says it has already registered more than 23,000 young Floridians to vote this year.
NextGen Florida is this state’s arm of NextGen America, which was founded originally as NextGen Climate by businessperson and philanthropist Tom Steyer in 2013. NextGen America says it acts politically to prevent climate disaster, promote prosperity, and protect the fundamental rights of every American.
For information about NextGen America’s youth voter registration drive, go to nextgenamerica.org.
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