Rise Up Weekend

2021 National Civic Leadership Training Summit
June 25-27, 2021
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Young voters, especially youth of color, turned out in record numbers for the 2020 Election. In fact, a historic high of 55% of young people turned out to vote in 2020, an increase of 9% from 2016. Since then, young people’s enthusiasm has been met with an alarming rise in voter suppression bills aimed at restricting our freedom to vote. As of April 2021, 361 restrictive voting bills have been introduced in 47 states. 

These bills take aim at restricting early and absentee voting, enacting stricter voter ID laws, and making voter registration harder. With 70% of youth voting early or by mail in the 2020 Election, these bills target young voters with surgical precision. In this 50th anniversary year of the Twenty-Sixth Amendment, which lowered the voting age to 18 and prohibits age discrimination in voting, this will not stand. Its promise clearly remains unfilled. 

That’s why we must rise up! At Rise Up Weekend, we’re rising up against the alarming increase in voter suppression bills, and we’re rising up in support of each other, an inclusive democracy, and expanding voting rights for all Americans. When we organize our campuses and communities and vote in every election every time, we lead our democracy and nation forward.

2021 Schedule

FRI, 6/25

Time Session
All Day Sessions Open to Public
12 - 5 PM ET The Unfulfilled Promise of the Youth Vote

SAT, 6/26

Time Session
All Day Sessions Open to Andrew Goodman Network
12 - 5 PM ET From Movement to Action

SUN, 6/27

Time Session
All Day Sessions Open to Andrew Goodman Network
12 - 5 PM ET Fulfilling the Promise

2021 Speakers

The star-studded Rise Up Weekend will not only inspire but provide participants with meaningful lessons from celebrities and activists who have demonstrated leadership building skills.

JARVIS BENSON

JARVIS BENSON

Program Manager

WAMBUI GATHERU

WAMBUI GATHERU

Senior Program Manager - Movement Strategy

ALEXANDRIA HARRIS, ESQ.

ALEXANDRIA HARRIS, ESQ.

President, The Andrew Goodman Foundation
@AndrewGoodmanFoundation

CECELIA MCDERMOTT

CECELIA MCDERMOTT

Wisconsin Organizer

CHRISTINA POLLONAIS, ESQ.

CHRISTINA POLLONAIS, ESQ.

Senior Program Manager - Growth and Impact Strategist

STEPHANIE POWELL

STEPHANIE POWELL

Program Director

GABRIELLE SLAUGHTER

GABRIELLE SLAUGHTER

Program Manager

CAROLINE SMITH

CAROLINE SMITH

Program Manager

NICOLE TAYLOR

NICOLE TAYLOR

Program Manager, The Andrew Goodman Foundation

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2021 Partners

Rise Up Weekend was a collaboration between The Andrew Goodman Foundation and a collective of organizations committed to increasing student voter turnout.

Campus Election Engagement Project

Campus Election Engagement Project

Every Vote Counts

Every Vote Counts

2021 Supporters

Thank you to our Rise Up Weekend partners for their financial and in-kind support.

Bombas

Bombas

Film Movement

Film Movement

Puffin Foundation

Puffin Foundation

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.