Students from California campuses were selected in Fall 2022 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 Los Angeles
Cal State LA’s CESF YVYV student fellows will support the Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs’ 2022 Young Voter Engagement Project. The student fellows will assist PBI staff and partners with the planning, coordination, and implementation of activities such as social media and community outreach, campus vote center engagement, a virtual event, and young leader engagement. 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.
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.
College of the Canyons
College of the Canyons’ Center for Civic Engagement continues to advance its ongoing student-driven, co-curricular Engage the Vote Action Team to increase voter awareness, registration, and education. Aligned with the PLACE (Partnerships for Listening and Action by Communities and Educators) Action Team, students are working to build a sense of community, belonging, and wellbeing. This interdisciplinary public humanities project poses the question, I Vote Because…to a diverse group of respondents as part of a larger voter engagement campaign. A digital display will highlight short narratives and photos of individual participants, providing a closer look at the personal significance of voting.
Sonoma State University
The SSU Youth Voice - Youth Vote Student Fellowship will consist of two positions. One Fellow will be working and researching ballot measures that will include working with the League of Women Voters of both Sonoma and Marin. Most likely they will be putting on candidate and ballot forums for students and the general public. The second Fellow will be working with our office, the Center for Community Engagement (CCE) to promote voter engagement, registration and education.
University of California, San Diego
On October 8, 2019, 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 (SVP) Ballot Bowl competition to register students to vote in creative ways. In collaboration with the Student Organized Voter Access Committee (SOVAC) at UCSD, our fellow(s) will engage in the creation of a campus voter engagement action plan, host workshops on voter education, and participate in outreach activities to increase voter turnout during the 2022 mid-term election cycle.