In 2008 we saw an unprecedented increase in Millennial voter turnout, where nearly two million more Americans under the age of 30 voted in the election as compared to 2004. As Millennials, we are asking ourselves: What does Millennial civic engagement look like for our Generation in the 2012 Election and beyond?
Civically active Millennials in California, Florida, Michigan, North Carolina and Pennsylvania are invited to crowdsource their ideas for the Mobilize.org Millennial Civic Engagement Competition using the GOOD Maker platform. The semi-finalists who receive the most votes through this online competition will be invited to attend the Millennial Civic Engagement Summit in Charlotte, North Carolina on August 24 –26, 2012, where they will work collaboratively with their peers to further develop sustainable, community-based solutions.
During the summit, semi-finalists will have the opportunity to present their work to their Millennials peers, who will select the top 5 ideas through the use of interactive keypad voting technology. The winning groups will receive Mobilize.org Awards – financial investments from Mobilize.org and expert support from our staff and extensive partner network.
With the backdrop of the Presidential Election, Millennials accepted to the summit will discuss the most challenging issues facing our generation, engage with elected officials on the local, state and federal level and propose civic entrepreneurial strategies they can use and implement to address problems on their campuses and in their communities.
All selected Millennial Civic Engagement Competition semi-finalists and participants will receive FREE roundtrip travel, two-night hotel accommodations, and meals provided by Mobilize.org. Interested in attending? Visit www.Mobilize.org/MCESummit to learn more and participate in the competition.
Megan Emme is the New Media Coordinator at Mobilize.org and runs their blogging program, The Millennial Report. Megan is a Junior at San Francisco State University and also works as the SF Regional Coordinator for the Revolution Hunger Campaign. She hopes to pursue a career empowering young people to advocate for themselves as well as make a difference in their communities.