Updates

100 days out from Election Day, all eyes are on the youth vote

Perhaps more than ever before, youth activism and political engagement are on the rise. But due to a set of unique challenges, including the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, there is uncertainty about whether young people will finally secure the representation that they are capable of. 

John Lewis, 1940-2020

John Lewis was an American hero. Most people knew him as a champion of civil rights, whether as a young man marching for freedom on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma in 1965 or serving as the “conscience of the… Read more

83% of young people agree

Young people are fired up. They’re going to protests and signing petitions. 83 percent believe they have the power to change the country. The next step is to make sure they take that energy and enthusiasm to the polls on Election Day. In… Read more

Student activists find new ways to organize during COVID-19 elections

This summer, more than 350 Student PIRGs New Voters Project interns will work with college campuses and state election officials across the United States to adopt safe voting policies, register students online, and educate students on how to cast their ballots in the November general election. As a part of Rock the Vote’s Democracy Summer, the New Voters Project will also recruit and train hundreds of fellow students to mobilize thousands of peers to register to vote.

Student Groups Outline COVID-19 Higher Ed Funding Needs

As you work on providing economic relief and protecting public health in response to the COVID-19 crisis and move forward with the FY21 appropriations process, we, the undersigned student advocacy organizations, write to urge you to invest in America’s institutions of higher education, so that they can ensure student success and support during this crisis.

Student PIRGs join nationwide effort to mobilize the youth vote

A powerhouse lineup of artists, activists, influencers and elected officials will kick off Democracy Summer 2020 Thursday evening at a virtual event. The effort, led by Rock the Vote in partnership with the Student PIRGs, Voto Latino Foundation, When We All Vote, March For Our Lives and many more, aims to register and mobilize 200,000 new voters over the summer.

New Voters Project – June 2020 Update

We’re spending the summer giving hundreds of young people a crash course in effective citizenship and an opportunity to help ensure the voice of their generation is heard on Election Day, by helping to reach out to their peers to… Read more

Fixing the Broken Textbook Market

Despite publishers’ talking points that access codes and other digital materials have answered student’s cries for help over costs, there has been little measurable improvement in key textbook affordability measures over the last six years.