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The App

Features for Young People Made by Young People

Turnout, a location based digital app will have features including a map of nearby events and organizations, resources, group messaging, feedback for activists, and a personalized selection of news articles. Turnout will revolutionize the way young activists communicate, and will facilitate the creation of new coalitions.

We will provide links to training opportunities, sample press forms, and video guides. These resources will be available in a single place. Experienced activists on Turnout will provide individual feedback and advice for activists who would like it.

 

The App

Features for Young People Made by Young People

Turnout, a location based digital app will have features including a map of nearby events and organizations, resources, group messaging, feedback for activists, and a personalized selection of news articles. Turnout will revolutionize the way young activists communicate, and will facilitate the creation of new coalitions.

We will provide links to training opportunities, sample press forms, and video guides. These resources will be available in a single place. Experienced activists on Turnout will provide individual feedback and advice for activists who would like it.

Events

This app will use your location to find events near you. Events will be added by users and groups. We want to support event attendees and event organizers. Ticketing for events will be available and there will be a link to the website where donations can be made to support the event. Also, let’s help increase attendance… badges can be received for attending and sharing events, and for referring people to Turnout. 

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Resources

This feature will be an amalgamation of the pre-existing resources for young activists. Right now, you have to visit too many websites to find out how to write a press release or how to organize a local walkout at your school. All those resources will be accessible in one, easy to use location.

Connection

We will use an API from a popular group messaging service. We will connect activists of all levels of experience so they can collaborate, adding to their effectiveness. Everyone has something to contribute.

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Group Discussion

Feedback

As a movement, we gain power from each individual. Come and share your ideas, your strategies, and your opinions with others.

Content

We're looking for informed voters! When young people receive selections of news articles and content personalized to their interests, they can become those informed voters. We can help them to connect with their local representatives, and will assist with information regarding voter registration and where to vote. 

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Marketing Turnout

Once Turnout is built, there are many ways that we will make sure it reaches as many young people as possible and scales to the national level. First, we will work with groups that have pre-subscribed/agreed to beta-test Turnout like The Future Coalition and JOLT. Second we will utilize our well-connected creation team by having them spread the word to their networks. Third, we will use existing social media tools through our pre-existing connections to people/pages that have a large audience (Occupy Democrats, Elizabeth Warren…). Finally, we will utilize the media to help us spread the word.

Civic Participation

Turnout will contribute to making civic participation routine for young people. Because Turnout is designed to be used regularly, and is equipped with social media features, we expect that young people will visit Turnout on a daily basis, leading civic participation to become a routine and typical part of young people’s daily lives. Young people will share events with friends which will increase the “tent” of those regularly taking part in our democracy. 

Increasing Voter Turnout

Turnout will inform users about all aspects of elections including: upcoming election dates, registration deadlines and specific voting laws by state. We will make it easy for young people to tell their friends about upcoming elections, and users will receive digital awards for informing friends about upcoming elections. In the 2018 midterm election, Turnout for voters ages 18-29 was more than 31%, an enormous increase from the 20% of voters 18-29 who voted in the 2014 midterm election. However, there is still more than 15 points to go, to match the percentage of voters 30 and up who voted in 2018. We hope Turnout in 2020 tops 60% for voters 18-29. Our app will serve as a hub for voter resources and engagement, helping to turn online activism into voting. 

Social Justice and Empowerment 

It is vital that we help close the gap in civic engagement. Turnout, which will be a free mobile app, will help ensure that everyone  has equal access to information on how to vote, be civically engaged and active. Closing demographic gaps in civic engagement is the first priority for increasing civic engagement in the younger generations. We are designing Turnout to be a resource for empowerment and an information freeway. We want everyone to be able turn up their activism. 

Civics Education

Turnout can be paired with civics education taught in the classroom. Turnout will enable students to take what they have learned and engage in real time with activism. Because Turnout will always be up to date with current elections, news and resources, civics education teachers can rely on Turnout to assist with their classroom activities. Students can feel the power of being part of democracy and making their voices heard. More specifically, a project could be assigned by a civics teacher and Turnout could be the conduit to work on the project, whether the project was learning about local elections or attending a protest for an issue that the student cares about.

 

Why Young People?

A new student movement has begun in America that has extraordinary potential. Thousands of young people are getting involved for the first time! In the wake of the Parkland shooting, the power of young people became clear; they reframed the national debate about gun reform and succeeded at the local level in strengthening gun-control laws. Many young people have the advantage of working in their native communities, where they know the area and context.

 

"Young people have helped lead all our great movements. How inspiring to see it again in so many smart, fearless students standing up for their right to be safe; marching and organizing to remake the world as it should be. We've been waiting for you. And we've got your backs."

- Barack Obama