Wisconsin Urban Leagues unite with youth to increase the vote
Many young people in Wisconsin are not old enough to vote, but their messages can be powerful enough to influence the adults in their lives who can vote.
The Vote for Me video project is a nonpartisan voter education effort of the three Urban League affiliates in Wisconsin – Milwaukee Urban League, Urban League of Greater Madison, and Urban League of Racine and Kenosha.
The social media-based project features a diverse group of Wisconsin youth ages 10-17 in a series of short videos. The youth introduce themselves, discuss the issues important to them this election, and identify three adults they ask to vote for them. “Young people are not old enough to cast a ballot, but they do have opinions about the issues facing our country,” explained MUL president and CEO, Dr. Eve M. Hall. “In this video series, young people are able to find their voices, share their concerns, and remind the adults important to them that voting matters.”
The videos are being released in the four weeks leading up to the Tuesday, November 3rd election on the social media platforms of the three Wisconsin Urban League affiliates. At the end of each video, each young person encourages other youth to create their own videos, asking three adults in their lives to vote. Organizers hope that youth-created videos will help to spread the message about the importance of voting.
Milwaukee Urban League is an affiliate of the National Urban League and leads through education, employment, and advocacy to achieve economic vibrancy and equal access to all industries and disciplines that position African Americans to create wealth and live a better quality of life.