Now outnumbering Baby Boomers, Millennials are the largest American adult cohort, and Gen Z-ers make up ten percent of the electorate. As millions more Gen Z-ers reach voting age over the next decade, their political clout is growing. Today one in four Gen Z-ers is Latino, 14% are black, and 6% are Asian. Gen Z is projected to be majority nonwhite by 2026. They are digital natives, socially liberal (7 in 10 believe government should do more), and on track to be the most educated generation in history.
In the 2022 midterm elections, voters aged 18-29 turned out at a rate of 27% across the country, the second highest rate in 30 years. But New York continues to be among the states with the lowest rates nationally, and a dismal 11% of young people voted in New York City’s 2021 historic municipal election.
What will you learn?
- The latest research on young people’s attitudes and beliefs about politics.
- Approaches to providing pathways to action and leadership, breaking down barriers to participation, and sustaining civic engagement as young voters age.
- What it will take for young voters to fulfill their electoral potential.
- Entry points for funders to support the next generation of voters
- Sanda Balaban, Co-Founder and Director, YVote/Next Gen
- Brianna Cea, Executive Director and Founder, Generation Vote
- DeNora Getachew, CEO, Do Something
- Rachel Gita Karp, Program Director, Unstoppable Voters, Center for Artistic Activism
- Abby Kiesa, Deputy Director, Tuft University’s CIRCLE
- Fanta Ballo (moderator), Poet, Artist, and Activist
Who should attend?
All interested funders, especially those funding democracy and youth development. What to expect: presentation followed by Q&A.
What else should you know?
The GoVoteNYC Fund is a collaboration of donors investing in nonpartisan strategies to shift the decades-long downward trajectory of voter participation in New York City and improve the future of democracy.
GoVoteNYC Members include the Altman Foundation; Brooklyn Community Foundation; Charles H. Revson Foundation; The Ford Foundation; Moelis Family Foundation; The New York Community Trust; New York Foundation; Robert Sterling Clark Foundation; Scherman Foundation; Rockefeller Foundation; Trinity Church Wall Street Philanthropies; and Unitarian Universalist Veatch Program.