For older kids, safety changes as they step into adult life. And after a Spring of youth engagement nationally, and with mid-term elections in the Fall, SafeKidsStories' #VoteThatJawn aimed to bring new voters to the polls. The idea: Give civic-minded youth in Philly a platform to get their 18-year-old peers excited to cast that first big vote. What if all 20,000 18-year-olds in Philly showed up in November? What would begin to be possible nationwide?
In August, we started blogging, interviewing all kinds of folks on their “first time,” asking teachers, mentors, coaches, media, sports celebs, artists, musicians, EVERYONE involved. Then, on Saturday, September 22, 2018, we kicked off a two-week by youth, for youth registration campaign where our teams worked to register as many fresh voters as possible before the October 9th deadline. As we got closer to November 6th and a whole generation prepared to cast their first ballot, we shared content to inspire them and provide them with the tools and resources they needed to make informed decisions on Election Day. Our work culminated in the November 7th Jawn, where we celebrated our September 22nd teams and announced the winners of our three competition categories: Most Voters to the Polls, Most Creative Campaign, and Campaign with the Greatest Grit.
Our heartfelt thanks to all the teams who participated, our Youth Steering Committee who planned the event, and our partners who made it all possible. Thank you for making Vote That Jawn a success.