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ALLIANCE FOR YOUTH ACTION is headquartered in WASHINGTON, DC, and is a 501(c)(4) organization. EIN: 46-2914731.  Donations may or may not be tax-deductible. The IRS' NTEE classification is Voter Education, Registration within the Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy category. The IRS ruling year for tax exemption was 2018.

(Source: IRS Business Master File and Form 990)

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What is your organization aiming to accomplish?

The core work of our organizations has remained the same for almost a decade, but we have adapted our strategies and tactics around new political realities and technological developments while leveraging our growing reach. Our proven and integrated strategy is to: -Mobilize young voters at levels significant enough to be heard in our elections; -Run catalyzing issue campaigns to solve the biggest problems facing our communities; and, -Develop a new generation of organizations ready to keep the work moving forward and leaders who will lead both now and fill the progressive bench for the future.

What are your strategies for making this happen?

We founded our Alliance with the belief that our generation could drive change — that new perspectives, energy, innovation, and excitement can tackle the biggest challenges we face. Our approach runs counter to standard youth electoral engagement strategies that show up only every two or four years for two months of hasty voter contact before withdrawing from our communities. And we reject the notion of siloing issue and electoral work. Our experience proves that year-round, ongoing engagement in our communities works better to shift the civic habits of young Americans; this approach also drives innovative policy and develops new generations of leaders who will advance the values of our movements. Sustained, grassroots, youth-led engagement can be supported in communities across the country, driving faster, positive social change. We are building on these proven strategies by working with even more youth led- organizations around the country. We will continue to engage young voters at the grassroots level, while expanding our investment in capacity building and communications. We will not only support our network of local affiliates and partners, but will accelerate progress on our national issue campaigns for the right to vote (Democracy Done Right) and youth economic power (Broke AF), while serving as a critical hub of information for youth organizing.

What are your organization's capabilities for doing this?

The youth engagement and organizing sector remains under resourced in comparison to other targeted demographics. Additionally, much youth engagement is done at the national-level and focused on digital or communications initiatives. There is very little peer-to-peer, in-person organizing to mobilize younger generations and even fewer resources and supports to help these local organizations thrive. The Alliance and its network fill this role by focusing on locally-led, peer-to-peer organizing run by and targeted to young people year-round. This ensures that young people are engaging in the political process at the local, state, and national levels, while building a long-term leadership pipeline.

How will your organization know if you are making progress?

Central to the effectiveness of our approach is year-round, ongoing engagement in our communities. In practice, this means that we are evaluating outputs related to both election cycles as well as training and capacity building. Our staff’s regular check-ins with our network create accountability and allow us to support campaign adjustments in real time. When possible, Alliance affiliates also work closely with State Voices to ensure our work is being done in alignment with local partners, inputting all voter data into State Voices’ VAN. We will evaluate the program on our ability to hit the internal and external goals detailed in this proposal, including: -# of young voters registered, # of pledge to vote cards collected, and # of peer-to-peer voter education and get out the vote texts sent -# of states with Affiliates or partners running scaled, disciplined civic engagement field programs -# of states with active voting rights coalitions, led at least in part by an Alliance affiliate or partner and/or # of strong legislative policy plans by affiliates or youth organizing partner -# of new economic justice activists recruited through petitions, comment cards, and other sign-ups -# of fellows and interns graduated across Alliance affiliates -# of Alliance-hosted webinars held and # of attendees -# of visits to our shared resource library -# of organizational health surveys collected, analyzed and reviewed with indicators for board, financial, staffing, and programmatic health and sustainability used to tailor our capacity building support

What have and haven't you accomplished so far?

In 2019, the Alliance for Youth Action grew to become the largest we’ve ever been in our organization’s history, supporting more youth-led organizations working with directly impacted communities across the country. In 2019, our network has registered 50,800 people to vote, collected 46,780 pledge to vote cards, sent over 110,000 peer-to-peer GOTV texts, held 8 parades to the polls and 27 parties at the polls.


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