Empower Activist Coalition
Women’s March EMPOWER is an initiative of Women’s March Youth through a coalition with PeaceFirst, Rise To Run, The Gathering For Justice, Rock The Vote and Teen Vogue and is supported by Emerge America and the Women’s Media Center. Women’s March EMPOWER upholds the Unity Principles of the Women’s March platform and our goal is to provide young people with the tools needed to create high school and college chapters that guide students in making a positive impact on their communities. We believe that the single most powerful act we can do is prepare young people with the skills and commitments to take actions around causes that matter to them with courage, compassion and collaboration.
THE GOALS OF WOMEN’S MARCH EMPOWER
- Through a core toolkit developed in collaboration with PeaceFirst that guides young activists through identifying the cause they would like to focus on, Young Leaders will lead chapter members around organizing focused on a cause that matters to them and their community
- To prepare young people to get educated on voting and get ready to vote through collaboration with Rock The Vote
- To support specific young women who are interested in running for office through collaboration with Rise To Run
LEARNING HOW TO EMPOWER YOURSELF BY RUNNING FOR OFFICE
Particularly for young women, running for office is an act of resistance, and a direct action to fight against injustice in your community. Rise to Run brings progressive girls and young women together in their communities to give them insight into the political process, connect them with mentors, and involve them in local organizing. Through quality, in-person, age-appropriate training and on-the-ground networks, and the powerful coalition of Women’s March EMPOWER, electoral politics and political action are more accessible for young women of every identity. The training covers the fundamentals of building a campaign, what it looks like to run as a progressive, the structure of holding local office, and other ways to show up in your community as a candidate, and eventually as an elected official.