2020 Andrew Goodman National Civic Leadership Training Summit

Reclaiming Democracy 2020

Young voters have an important role to play in transforming our society and country. In order to ensure that their voices are heard in the upcoming presidential election, the 2020 Andrew Goodman National Civic Leadership Summit, themed “Reclaiming Democracy 2020,” will equip Andrew Goodman Ambassadors and Campus Champions with the knowledge, tools, and networks needed to protect voting rights and achieve historic youth voter turnout in 2020.

This year’s summit will include hands-on organizing and advocacy skill-building sessions; structured and unstructured opportunities to develop impactful Campus Action Plans for increasing student voting; opportunities to learn and grow together with Andrew Goodman Ambassadors, Campus Champions, Puffin Democracy Fellows, and Alumni; exciting sessions about GOTV tactics and how to go to scale; an interactive session on how we can foster an inclusive student voting movement, which centers the experience of students of color; and presentations from leading social justice advocates who are organizing to ensure that young people’s voices and votes are a powerful force in our democracy.

2020 Speakers

Our Andrew Goodman National Civic Leadership Training Summit speakers come from all over the country and are made up of Andrew Goodman 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.

Chief Counsel for Voting Rights, The Andrew Goodman Foundation

KARENA CRONIN

KARENA CRONIN

Director of Connections, The Andrew Goodman Foundation

DOROTHY DREELAND

DOROTHY DREELAND

Communications and Development Assistant, The Andrew Goodman Foundation

SYLVIA GOLBIN GOODMAN

SYLVIA GOLBIN GOODMAN

President, The Andrew Goodman Foundation

DAVID GOODMAN

DAVID GOODMAN

Vice Chairman, The Andrew Goodman Foundation's Board of Directors

ALEXANDRIA HARRIS, ESQ.

ALEXANDRIA HARRIS, ESQ.

Executive Director, The Andrew Goodman Foundation

KEVIN HURTADO

KEVIN HURTADO

Development Manager, The Andrew Goodman Foundation

JUSTYNA KRYGOWSKA

JUSTYNA KRYGOWSKA

Communications Director, The Andrew Goodman Foundation

MARIAH ROSS

MARIAH ROSS

Digital Marketing Manager, The Andrew Goodman Foundation

CHRISTINA SANDERS

CHRISTINA SANDERS

Regional Program Manager, The Andrew Goodman Foundation

MARGARET SASSER

MARGARET SASSER

Senior Communications Manager, The Andrew Goodman Foundation

NICOLE TAYLOR

NICOLE TAYLOR

Program Manager, The Andrew Goodman Foundation

MAXIM THORNE, ESQ.

MAXIM THORNE, ESQ.

Managing Director, The Andrew Goodman Foundation

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

On the 50th anniversary of the Voting Right Act, The Andrew Goodman Foundation hosted its first Andrew Goodman National Civic Leadership Training Summit. Every year, we bring together Andrew Goodman Ambassadors from participating campuses for several days of intensive training. Through hands-on projects, lectures, and leadership development activities, Andrew Goodman Ambassadors learn the fundamentals of impact-oriented campus organizing and voter engagement. The Summit is offered exclusively to Andrew Goodman Ambassadors, with preference given to Andrew Goodman 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 Andrew Goodman National Civic Leadership Training Summit during the summer of 2015. Over the 3 day summit, the Andrew Goodman 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 Andrew Goodman 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 Andrew Goodman 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 Andrew Goodman 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, Andrew Goodman Vote Everywhere’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 Andrew Goodman National Civic Leadership Training Summit brought together Andrew Goodman Ambassadors under the theme of “Democracy Never Sleeps.” The 43 Andrew Goodman 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 Andrew Goodman 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 our Andrew Goodman Campus Teams, 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 Andrew Goodman Vote Everywhere alumni were honored at the Hidden Hero Awards Ceremony, all of whom epitomized what it means to defend our democracy.

2019

Summit Recap

June 19-23, 2019 | Montclair State University

Twenty-nineteen marked the 5th anniversary of the Andrew Goodman Vote Everywhere program and the 5th annual Andrew GoodmanNational Civic Leadership Training Summit. Significantly, the five-day Summit also coincided with the 55th anniversary of the KKK’s murders of Andrew Goodman, James Chaney, and Michael Schwerner for registering African Americans to vote during Freedom Summer. Themed “Live the Legacy,” the 2019 Summit brought together 150 participants to reflect on how we can carry their legacies on today in our sustained efforts to increase access to the ballot for college students and for people whose voices have been marginalized historically. Andrew Goodman Ambassadors, Campus Champions, Alumni and Puffin Democracy Fellows attended sessions, panels, and workshops about the 26th Amendment, issue-based advocacy, digital organizing, volunteer mobilization, coalition building, exerting pressure, writing op-eds, the 19th Amendment, the 2020 Census, campus planning, and more.