4 Ways to Sustain Your EngagementRachael Houston
The 2020 Election saw unprecedented levels of civic engagement among the youngest generation. We witnessed a new generation of civically engaged student leaders step up to meet the challenges they faced. Now, we have to find ways to keep that momentum going to create lasting change in local communities across the country. Below we have a few ways that you can keep that momentum going and make lasting change in your community:
- Maintain your Connections
Maintain connections by holding regular meetings and keeping up with contacts. This will make engagement work easier down the road. Oftentimes, if your contacts start a new coalition or a new project, they will reach out to the people they’ve worked with before (you!) to help them. Maintaining your connections is a great way to stay active in the voter engagement space. You never know who will be a potential client, ally or employer later on.
- Look for Opportunities to Get Involved
Look for opportunities to continue working in voter engagement even after you graduate. In addition to CEEP’s Fellowship and internships, you can look for jobs in other voting-related fields. The skill set you developed as a Fellow can make you a competitive candidate for positions in political campaigns and public policy. The CEEP Alumni Network offers resume advice and practice interviews to help you build a career.
- Participate in your Local Government
There are so many ways to get involved in your local government! Write to your elected officials, attend city council meetings, or join your neighborhood association or local chapter of your favorite organization like the LWV or ACLU. Sometimes the formality of government officials or public forums can be intimidating, but don’t let it scare you! Start by attending a public forum for your neighborhood or a city council meeting to learn about issues in your community. This local level is where some of the most impactful work is done, so make sure your voice is heard!
- Keep Voting!
Make sure to register to vote at your new address. Check your Secretary of State’s website for registration information and state-specific laws. If you remain in-country, use this page. If you move or are stationed abroad, check out this page for information on how to determine your residency for registration.
– Jessica Holtkamp
Assistant Fellowship Director