Building on the lessons we learned from 2003-2011, The League of Young Voters enters 2012 positioned to mobilize our core constituencies (young people of color, non-college youth and low- income youth) like never before in our history. Our 2012 field program will consist of Get-out-the-vote (GOTV) programs, issue campaigns, lobbying, online organizing and leadership development.
Our 2012 strategy is to produce policy victories, influence the issue environment and identify promising leaders. At the local, state and federal level we will work to produce meaningful legislative victories that will keep our core constituency engaged and involved. Additionally, we plan to influence the 2012 issue environment in our target states through advocacy and education to ensure that juvenile justice reform, investment green jobs, health care reform and making college more affordable are top priorities during the mid-term elections. Finally, we plan to identify strong, qualified leaders and place them through a leadership pipeline via campaigns and leadership development training to prepare them to run sophisticated voter engagement programs all year.
2012 GENERAL PROGRAMS
This years programs fall into five major program areas: Issue campaigns, leadership development and training, online organizing, nonpartisan civic engagement, and alliance building work. All of these programs address the problem of low civic participation among young people.
2012 ISSUE CAMPAIGNS
In 2012, we are focusing on building healthy communities, by working on a handful of issues that resonate with our core constituency groups. We will partner with key ally organizations to first build broad public support for policy initiatives that create viable opportunities and sustainable jobs in target areas, which then allows for meaningful community-based organizing efforts to revitalize local economies. The issues that we will highlight include: green jobs, college access, heath care and juvenile justice. These issues will be our focus for our national grassroots mobilization activities and federal policy work.