Our Programs

Programs Overview

The Andrew Goodman Foundation’s mission is to make young voices and votes a powerful force in democracy by training young leaders, engaging low-propensity voters, and challenging restrictive voter suppression laws. The organization is named after Andrew Goodman, a Freedom Summer volunteer and champion of equality and voting rights who was murdered by the KKK in 1964 at 20 years old while registering Black Americans to vote in Mississippi.

Andrew Goodman Vote Everywhere

The Andrew Goodman Vote Everywhere program partners with America’s colleges and universities to provide resources, visibility, and mentoring to a national network of student leaders who involve their peers in participatory democracy through long-term voter engagement, public policy, and social justice initiatives.

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Andrew Goodman Puffin Democracy Fellowship

The Andrew Goodman Puffin Democracy Fellowship is a two-year program available to exceptional emerging leaders who are passionate about organizing, public policy, and expanding political equity for youth voters. The Puffin Democracy Fellows craft actionable advocacy projects on the local, state, regional, or national level related to voting rights, civil rights, or social justice.

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Andrew Goodman National Civic Leadership Training Summit

The Andrew Goodman National Civic Leadership Training Summit (NCLTS) is the annual convening of the Andrew Goodman Network. Over several days of intensive training, young leaders are provided with the strategies and tools they need to become influential voices in today’s democracy.

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Youth Voting Rights Litigation

With the full weight of the 26th Amendment on our side, our Youth Voting Rights Litigation is a last resort to advocate for student voting rights and accessibility. After our Ambassadors and Puffin Democracy Fellows pursue engagement, education, and advocacy as a first course of action, we intervene where obstacles to student voting remain.

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