Students from California campuses were selected in Fall 2023 to participate in LEAD California’s Community Engagement Student Fellowship-Youth Voice, Youth Vote (YVYV) program, a 4-month initiative specifically designed to support student leaders advancing service, service-learning and community engagement at LEAD California member campuses throughout the state, focusing on voter engagement and youth voice.
CSU Chico: The YVYV student fellows’ major responsibilities will center on voter outreach, engagement, and education programming during fall 2023. Specifically, under the mentorship of the Civic Engagement director and faculty fellow, the student will help organize and execute several voter outreach events on campus, including voting-related film screenings, voter registration events, and education campaigns on campus. This experience will enable students to sharpen their leadership skills, organize campus-wide programming, and connect with voters in an effort to promote civic engagement on campus and throughout the community.
CSUN’s student leaders will plan and host several activities to engage our students in participating in the democratic process and become active members in their own communities. The events include one panel discussion on Proposition 26 Allows In-Person Roulette, Dice Games, Sports Wagering on Tribal Lands. Initiative Constitutional Amendment and Statute and Proposition 27 the California Solutions to Homelessness and Mental Health Support Act, one gamified voter engagement workshop tentatively titled “Politics n’ Play”, and Big Politics. In addition, the student leaders are working closely with the Office of Community Engagement to send social media reminders to students about early voting and conditional voter registration information and other election day information.
CSU Sacramento: For more than 25 years, the goal of CEC has been to make a difference in the lives of our students and the Sacramento region. The YVYV CESFs will continue this tradition by participating in service, civic & community engagement, and student voting initiatives. The YVYV CESFs will assist with (1) the Civic Engagement Resource Fair, (2) Network Café, and (3) student voter education and registration outreach. For each of these, YVYV CESF’s will provide input during the planning and help engage students. Opportunities will be provided for students to plan and pursue a personal-interest project aligned with these goals.
College of the Canyons
College of the Canyons: College of the Canyons Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) continues to advance its ongoing student-driven, Project-Based Learning (PBL), co-curricular Engage the Vote (ETV) internship to build a sense of community, belonging, and wellbeing through the process of confronting social problems and researching solutions. Team members are especially interested in addressing the local opioid and fentanyl crisis by organizing a community symposium, as well as organizing several campuswide deliberative dialogues.
Cal State LA
Cal State LA: Cal State LA’s YVYV student fellows will support the Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs’ Young Voter Engagement Project. The student fellows will assist PBI staff and partners with the planning, coordination, and implementation of activities aimed at increasing participation in the 2024 primary and general elections. Using a diversity, equity, and inclusion lens, the student fellows will undertake three primary projects: organize a campus voter education event, develop social media content, and conduct community outreach. As a result of this program, the student fellows will gain first-hand experience in civic education, voter engagement, and help to address issues and questions around voting in our community.
Loyola Marymount University
Loyola Marymount University: The Pam Rector Center for Service and Action at Loyola Marymount University will host LEAD California Youth Voice Youth Vote Fellows to serve as student leaders in the implementation of Voter Education Week and the creation of strategic voter programming. The Fellows’ work in Fall 2023 will be foundational in establishing a campus culture that moves beyond voter registration and into meaningful, informed student voter engagement.
UC San Diego
UC San Diego: UC San Diego commits to participating in the Secretary of State’s “Ballot Bowl” voter registration competition and training students in creating a voter action plan. Governor Newsom signed into law AB 963, the Student Civic and Voter Empowerment Act. This historic investment aims to engage CA students in the democratic process. UC San Diego will once again participate in the state’s California Students Vote Project Ballot Bowl competition to creatively register students. In collaboration with the UCSD’s Student Organized Voter Access Committee and Center for Student Involvement, our fellow(s) will engage in the creation of a campus voter action plan, host workshops on voter education, and participate in outreach activities to increase voter turnout during the 2024 presidential election cycle.