Women’s March EMPOWER is an initiative of Women’s March Youth through a coalition with Peace First, Rise To Run, Teen Vogue, The Justice League NYC, The Gathering For Justice, and Rock The Vote. Women’s March EMPOWER upholds the unity principles of the Women’s March platform. Our goal is to provide young people with the tools needed to create high school and college chapters that guide students in making a positive impact in their communities. We believe that the single most powerful act we can do is prepare young people with the skills and commitments to take actions around causes that matter to them with courage, compassion and collaboration.
You can visit Peace First’s website to get more support and the chance to apply for a grant of up to $250.
The areas covered in the toolkit
HOW TO EMPOWER YOURSELF THROUGH EFFECTIVE ORGANIZING
GOAL: To support Young Leaders in leading chapter members through the process of identifying the causes that matter to them and their community through the use of a core toolkit. The toolkit will also guide them in developing action-based activism skills.
DETAILS: Effective organizing begins with a deep understanding of the change you are trying to create and relies on clear articulation of both where you are and where you want to be. The toolkit provides a comprehensive dive into each stage: Choose, Understand, Plan, Act, and Reflect. Peace First, The Justice League NYC and The Gathering For Justice will support Young Leaders in this area.
HOW TO EMPOWER YOURSELF THROUGH VOTING
GOAL: To prepare young people to get educated on voting and get ready to vote through collaboration with Rock The Vote.
DETAIL: Voting is how we build political power for ourselves and our communities to create change. It’s how we build a future that reflects our values. Through voting, we have the freedom to choose our elected leaders and engage on issues that we care about. We can hold our leaders accountable and make them listen to us. And if they don’t, we can remove our leaders from office and replace them with champions who will fight alongside us. Rock The Vote is a coalition member in Women’s March EMPOWER and provides support and state-specific guidance in voter education and empowering young people in realizing the power of their vote.
LEARNING HOW TO EMPOWER YOURSELF BY RUNNING FOR OFFICE
GOAL: To support specific young women who are interested in running for office through collaboration with Rise To Run.
DETAIL: Particularly for young women, running for office is an act of resistance, and a direct action to fight against injustice in your community. Rise to Run brings progressive girls and young women together in their communities to give them insight into the political process, connect them with mentors, and involve them in local organizing. Through quality, in-person, age-appropriate training and on-the-ground networks, and the powerful coalition of Women’s March EMPOWER, electoral politics and political action are more accessible for young women of every identity. The training covers the fundamentals of building a campaign, what it looks like to run as a progressive, the structure of holding local office, and other ways to show up in your community as a candidate, and eventually as an elected official.
Learn more about Peace First's Peacemaking Projects here.
In Partnership with
This toolkit is made possible with the generous support of:
Ziad Ahmed - Youth Advisor
Hannah Rosenzweig - Strategic Advisor
Adam Jacobs - Curriculum Advisor
Jackson Hyland Lipski - Graphic Designer