2019 National Civic Leadership Training Summit

Live the Legacy
June 19-23, 2019
Montclair State University

Youth leadership plays a fundamental role in America’s democratic system, and the 2019 National Civic Leadership Training Summit will empower young voters to become advocates for civic engagement. Coinciding with the 55th anniversary of the murders of James Chaney, Michael Schwerner, and Andrew Goodman, the 2019 NCLTS is themed “Live the Legacy.” The conference will give Vote Everywhere Ambassadors and Campus Champions the chance to carry forth these heroes’ legacies through cultivating a more inclusive democracy.

This year’s summit will feature numerous speakers and sessions that address topics like institutionalizing voter registration, mobilizing volunteers, engaging faculty, maximizing digital civic tools, building intersectional movements, and bringing polling sites to campus. The curriculum will give young leaders the strategies and tools they need to become influential voices in today’s democracy. Furthermore, the summit will embolden these young leaders to live the legacy of civic martyrs like Andy, while also setting the foundation to form their own legacies.

150

Attendees

50

Speakers

5

Days

2019 Schedule

Wed 6/19

Time Session
7:15 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 2019 NCLTS Welcome and Opening Remarks
8:15 p.m. - 9:45 p.m. PANEL Live The Legacy: Honoring Andy's Legacy and Creating Your Own

Thur 6/20

Time Session
9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. 2019 NCLTS Overview
10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. KEYNOTE Evolution of Voting Rights and the 26th Amendment
1:15 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. KEYNOTE State of Voting Rights in 2019
2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. PANEL Increasing Voter Access
3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. SESSION Voter Registration Tips and Tricks
4:15 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. ACTIVITY Unconference BREAKOUT Campus Champion Convening
7:15 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. ACTIVITY Film Screening

Fri 6/21

Time Session
9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. PANEL Talking Politics and Issue-Based Advocacy
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. SESSION Lessons Learned: Technology, Voting, and Engagement BREAKOUT 1 GOTV and the Promise of Digital Organizing BREAKOUT 2 Building Civic Culture Through Texting
1:30 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. PANEL Puffin Democracy Fellows: Lessons in Civic Action
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. SESSION Best Practices in Movement Building BREAKOUT 1 Volunteer Mobilization BREAKOUT 2 Coalition Building BREAKOUT 3 Exerting Pressure BREAKOUT 4 Op-Eds that Influence
3:45 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. SESSION Establishing the Vote Everywhere Brand

Sat 6/22

Time Session
10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. SESSION Preparing for 2020 BREAKOUT 1 Centennial of the 19th Amendment BREAKOUT 2 2020 Census: What's at Stake
1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. SESSION Campus Action PLanning 101: Setting Goals and Strategies with Your Landscape in Mind
2:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. SESSION Campus Action Planning 102: Identifying Tactics and Timelines
4:15 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. ACTIVITY Unconference
7:15 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. HIDDEN HEROES PANEL AND AWARD CEREMONY "Reimagining Our Democracy"

Sun 6/23

Time Session
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. 2019 NCLTS Closing Remarks

2019 Speakers

Our National Civic Leadership Training Summit speakers come from all over the country and are made up of Vote Everywhere Ambassadors, Alumni, and Campus Champions, Puffin Democracy Fellows, AGF board members and staff, key partners, and civil rights activists.

YAEL BROMBERG, ESQ.

YAEL BROMBERG, ESQ.

Counsel, The Andrew Goodman Foundation

PARK CANNON

PARK CANNON

Representative, Georgia's 58th District

DEBRA CLEAVER

DEBRA CLEAVER

Founder and CEO, Vote.org

KARENA CRONIN

KARENA CRONIN

Vote Everywhere Program Director, The Andrew Goodman Foundation

EMILY CURRAN, PH.D.

EMILY CURRAN, PH.D.

Communications and Development Manager, The Andrew Goodman Foundation

TARYN DWYER

TARYN DWYER

Program and Fellowship Manager, The Andrew Goodman Foundation

DAVID GOODMAN

DAVID GOODMAN

President, The Andrew Goodman Foundation

Usjid Hameed

Usjid Hameed

Puffin Democracy Fellow

KEVIN HURTADO

KEVIN HURTADO

Communications and Development Associate

CLARENCE B. JONES, ESQ.

CLARENCE B. JONES, ESQ.

Scholar in Residence, Stamford University

JUSTYNA KRYGOWSKA

JUSTYNA KRYGOWSKA

Communications Director, The Andrew Goodman Foundation

Maydee Martinez

Maydee Martinez

Puffin Democracy Fellow

Megan Newsome

Megan Newsome

Puffin Democracy Fellow

Mariel Pagan, Ph.D.

Mariel Pagan, Ph.D.

Director, Center for Student Involvement and Vote Everywhere Campus Champion at Montclair State University

MYRNA PÉREZ

MYRNA PÉREZ

Deputy Director, Brennan Center for Justice Democracy Program

Tarso Luís Ramos

Tarso Luís Ramos

Executive Director, Political Research Associates

Valencia Richardson

Valencia Richardson

Puffin Democracy Fellow

MARIAH ROSS

MARIAH ROSS

Digital Marketing Manager, The Andrew Goodman Foundation

MARGARET SASSER

MARGARET SASSER

Program and Communications Manager, The Andrew Goodman Foundation

BERNICE SIMS, LCSW

BERNICE SIMS, LCSW

Author, Detour Before Midnight

Dana Sweeney

Dana Sweeney

Puffin Democracy Fellow

MAXIM THORNE, ESQ.

MAXIM THORNE, ESQ.

Managing Director, The Andrew Goodman Foundation

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Incubating a New Generation of Leaders at the National Civic Leadership Training Summit

On the 50th anniversary of the Voting Right Act, The Andrew Goodman Foundation hosted its first National Civic Leadership Training Summit. Every year, we bring together Vote Everywhere Ambassadors from participating campuses for several days of intensive training. Through hands-on projects, lectures, and leadership development activities, Vote Everywhere Ambassadors learn the fundamentals of impact-oriented campus organizing and voter engagement. The Summit is offered exclusively to AGF Vote Everywhere Ambassadors, with preference given to Team Leaders. For more information, contact your school’s Program Manager.

Past Events

2015

Summit Recap

In order to prepare students to effectively engage their campus communities in social change work, AGF held their first Vote Everywhere National Civic Leadership Training Summit during the summer of 2015. Over the 3 day summit, the Ambassadors from 23 colleges and universities across the nation participated in panels and training sessions that strengthened their teambuilding and leadership skills to prepare them for the upcoming school year. Also in attendance was former advisor to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Clarence B. Jones, who held a fireside chat to discuss MLK’s strategy and applying his messaging/tactics to 21st century movements. The annual summit arrived at a historic moment for the nation, and honored the 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act by giving Ambassadors the tools and resources they needed in order to bring down barriers to voting.

2016

Summit Recap

Tackling the intersection between the Civil Rights Movement and the 2016 general election, the 35 Vote Everywhere Ambassadors in attendance were joined by Dr. Clarence B. Jones, Civil Rights pioneer and Martin Luther King’s lawyer, chief strategist, and speechwriter, to talk about the lessons learned from the movement. Over the 4 days, the Ambassadors participated in over 20 training sessions that dove deeper into subjects like eliminating voting barriers, organizing, media and branding, public policy, as well as leadership, and teambuilding. In addition, VE’s national partners, TurboVote and Campus Vote Project, offered information and guidance on voter registration processes and procedures. The trainings left students both excited and prepared to head to campus in the fall and implement what they had learned.

2017

Summit Recap

In an effort to make democracy accessible for everyone, the 2017 National Civic Leadership Training Summit brought together Vote Everywhere Ambassadors under the theme of “Democracy Never Sleeps.” The 43 Ambassadors in attendance trained for the upcoming school year through panel sessions with topics that ranged from institutionalizing voter registration and managing teams to reporting data and media relations. The schedule also included team building activities, discussions, and a screening of the Oscar-nominated documentary, “13th.” In addition, The Andrew Goodman Foundation’s partners from Nonprofit VOTE, League of Women Voters, The Puffin Foundation, Young Invincibles, and the SLSV Coalition conducted trainings on nonpartisanship, voter registration and GOTV, and strategic campus planning.

2018

Summit Recap

July 9-14, 2018 | Ramapo College of New Jersey

In accordance with its tradition of upholding democratic freedoms and promoting civic engagement, the 2018 National Civic Leadership Training Summit reached new heights in cultivating youth leadership. Themed “Defending Our Democracy,” the 2018 NCLTS saw 100 attendees during the six-day summit, making it the largest conference to date. As the first conference to take place at one of Vote Everywhere’s partner campuses, Ramapo College of New Jersey, the summit embodied the growing influence campuses have in cultivating change. Throughout the course of the summit, speakers discussed how to navigate today’s increasingly complicated and decisive political environment, while preserving democratic ideals. The summit’s sessions specifically addressed topics like alliance building, voter accessibility, GOTV and voter registration initiatives, nonpartisanship, and campus action planning. At the summit’s end, five Vote Everywhere alumni were honored at the Hidden Hero Awards Ceremony, all of whom epitomized what it means to defend our democracy.