Research shows that young people vote at lower rates than all other American voters. There’s also a rising civic empowered and civic achievement gaps between low-income minority youth and their wealthier white counterparts. These trends cause distortions in the democratic process and reduce the likelihood that elected officials will respond to the needs of young people and minorities.
Mikva Challenge in collaboration with Free Spirit Media will aim to address these trends by engaging youth in digital media around the 2016 election season. The two organizations will work with 25 youth to develop informational campaigns, digital forums and a narrative series etc. videos and activities focused why or why not young peopleon the importance of being involved in the explaining why the do or don’t want to be involved in the upcoming primary elections. This first iteration of the Elections News Beat will happen during the summer of 2015, with the audio, video and other digital products focused on engagement in the 2016 primary and general election.