Take Your Power Back Weekend

2020 National Civic Leadership Training Summit
August 1-2, 2020

This November, Americans will experience one of the most critical elections of our lifetime. Even though Millennials and Gen Zers make up one of the largest voting-eligible groups in the country, students like you are up against some of the most egregious voter suppression tactics aided by the COVID-19 pandemic.

That’s why on August 1st and 2nd, The Andrew Goodman Foundation will host its first annual “Take Your Power Back Weekend,” a virtual conference to help you take your power back and prepare you to vote in 2020 and beyond. Join us for two days of inspiration, education, and empowerment provided by elected officials, student activists, athletes, and artists. RSVP now!

2020 Speakers

The star-studded Take Your Power Back Weekend will not only educate but provide you with meaningful lessons from celebrities and activists who have demonstrated leadership building skills.

AMBER RILEY

AMBER RILEY

Actress
@MsAmberPRiley

UDONIS HASLEM

UDONIS HASLEM

Miami Heat
@ud40

BLAIR IMANI

BLAIR IMANI

Author and Historian
@BlairImani

KIMBERLY JONES

KIMBERLY JONES

NYT Bestselling Author
@KimberlyLatriceJones

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2020 Partners

Take Your Power Back Weekend is a collaboration between The Andrew Goodman Foundation and a collective of organizations committed to increasing voter turnout in 2020.

A Band of Voters

A Band of Voters

ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge

ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge

Campus Election Engagement Project

Campus Election Engagement Project

Democracy Summer

Democracy Summer

Equal Justice Now

Equal Justice Now

Fair Election Center’s Campus Vote Project

Fair Election Center’s Campus Vote Project

Feminist Majority Foundation

Feminist Majority Foundation

Future Coalition

Future Coalition

I Am A Voter

I Am A Voter

Rock The Vote

Rock The Vote

Students Learn Students Vote Coalition

Students Learn Students Vote Coalition

Vote Early Day

Vote Early Day

Vote Run Lead

Vote Run Lead

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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.