DO YOU DEMOCRACY? is a nonpartisan national campaign with the aim of increasing political understanding, action, and education in the younger generations.
WHAT WE DO
We provide a 12-week course teaching political advocacy and America's political process to our interns. This knowledge will allow them to lead their own political campaigns on issues that they are passionate about.
The goal is that, by the end of their time with us, our interns and volunteers have a working knowledge of how to mobilize, fundraise, lobby, use writing, public speaking, and use social media to promote policy in the interest of helping all Americans. We do this with the hope that our interns will have the confidence to advocate for themselves and their beliefs after their time with us.
Reasons to Get Involved
As the future leaders of our country, the next generation needs to be adequately informed on how their government works.
In today's political climate it is of utmost importance that people are engaged in the political process. However, civics education has never been lower. As a nation, we need to teach the next generation how to make their voices heard on policies that will affect their futures.
In fact, it is a human right for young people to participate in decision making that affects their lives and to have their voices heard by decision-makers. This right is enshrined in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, which has been ratified by almost every country in the world. So, young people of every age and from every region around the world can be advocates.
Advocacy is important because it can:
• Influence changes in policies and mindsets. Generating commitment and buy-in from leaders and decision-makers is vital to ensure support for progressive policies. Advocacy can help generate this commitment. It can influence the creation, implementation, and improvement of laws and policies.
• Secure funds and resources. For change to come about, commitments to progressive policies must be backed by financial, human and technical resources. Advocacy can ensure that sufficient resources are allocated for program implementation and service delivery.
• Build a movement. The most powerful social movements are those that unite commitment and activism from all levels: local, national, regional and international. Advocacy plays a key role in generating support on each level, creating a stronger movement.
• Safeguard and protect previous achievements. A lot of progress has already been made. However, political, economic and cultural landscapes are constantly changing so it’s important for us to protect the gains we have already won. Advocacy allows us to do this by acting as a watchdog to make sure that governments and leaders uphold their commitments.
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