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Resources for Young People Driving Social Change through The Ballot Box and Beyond

In the November 2018 elections, 31 percent of youth (ages 18-29) voted - the highest level of participation among youth in a mid-term election in the past three decades. Simultaneously, the country is in the middle of a massive demographic shift where young people of color are the fastest-growing segment of the population. In California, the overwhelming majority of millennials (over 60%) are people of color. Building and supporting the civic engagement infrastructure and leadership pipeline opportunities focusing on youth leaders, both in and outside of election cycles, holds incredible...
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New Strategies for Civic Engagement in the Central Valley

The changing demographics and political attitudes of the Central Valley - a traditionally conservative region of California - demand new strategies for community and civic engagement. To understand the shift in the region and how it is becoming more purple, look no further than the recent mid-term elections. In the race for the 10th congressional district, covering Stanislaus and portions of San Joaquin County, the election was undecided for a week and, at its closest margin, only 1,300 votes separated incumbent Republican Jeff Denham and eventual winner Democrat Josh Harder. A huge...
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Resources for Foundation Endowments...Activate!

Given the scale of social, economic and environmental crises our communities are facing, it is hopeful to see foundations making bold shifts to their grantmaking. Yet funders committed to justice recognize that grant dollars alone are not enough to manifest the kind of transformation needed to create a better future for people experiencing systemic oppression. In recent years, the philanthropic field has begun to reckon with the reality that most foundations’ endowments are invested in ways that are out of alignment with their values, exacerbating the very problems that their grant dollars...

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