Voter Voices 2016: The Truth about Youth Turnout, Engagement

November 8, 2016

The 2016 presidential election has stirred up a lot of emotion. We're seizing this opportunity to share some reflections from experts and young voters about what it means to vote, why it matters, and how we can get serious about empowering and engaging all citizens.


Dr. Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg, CIRCLE
Dr. Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg is the Director of CIRCLE, the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning & Engagement, which focuses on young people in the United States, especially those who are marginalized or disadvantaged in political life.



Michelle Whittaker, FairVote
Michelle is Communications Director with FairVotea national nonpartisan organization that works on electoral solutions to make sure that every voter can participate, and that they have a voice in local, state and national elections. 



Philippa Crowne, Red Hook Initiative
Philippa is Development Associate at Red Hook Initiative (RHI) in Brooklyn, NY. RHI empowers youth by offering long-term support through a "youth development pipeline"; they see youth through to a high school diploma, a college degree or job training program, into a career path.


Catherine McBride
Catherine is
 Director of Community Building at Red Hook Initiative (RHI) in Brooklyn, NY. 


Samhita, Student
Samhita is a student at New York University and advocate for the youth vote.

Biviana, Student

Biviana is a student and advocate for the youth vote.