Women’s March EMPOWER is an initiative of Women’s March Youth through a coalition with PeaceFirst, Rise To Run, The Gathering For Justice, Rock The Vote and Teen Vogue. 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 on their community. 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. Our goal is to help Young Leaders in starting a high school or college chapter and becoming a leader in their community.
The goals of Women’s March EMPOWER
Through a core toolkit developed in collaboration with PeaceFirst that guides young activists through identifying the cause they would like to focus on, Young Leaders will lead chapter members around organizing focused on a cause that matters to them and their community
To prepare young people to get educated on voting and get ready to vote through collaboration with Rock The Vote
To support specific young women who are interested in running for office through collaboration with Rise To Run
The areas covered in the toolkit
LEARNING HOW TO EMPOWER YOURSELF THROUGH EFFECTIVELY ORGANIZING
Effective organizing begins with a deep understanding of the change you are trying to create and relies on clear articulation of both where we are and where we want to be. Start by considering where you are in your own journey -- these questions can help you discover this as well as your next steps. The toolkit provides a comprehensive dive into each stage: Choose, Understand, Plan, Act, and Reflect.
HOW TO EMPOWER YOURSELF THROUGH VOTING
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
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, we are making electoral politics and political action more accessible for young women of every identity. Our 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.