MOVE Texas: How Youth are Building Power and Changing the Electorate in Texas

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2022-05-12

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Today, younger generations around the world are participating in youth-led social movements and staying civically engaged to build power amongst themselves and within their communities. The United States has a history of younger generations mobilizing for equitable treatment and equal rights. Many Millennials, and now Generation Z, are exercising their rights to push for progressive solutions to social injustices such as indigenous peoples’ rights, gun control, and voter suppression reform. I conducted my internship project with MOVE Texas as one of those organizations. MOVE Texas is a grassroots organization helping underrepresented youth become community leaders through programs and leadership opportunities. They have registered over 100,000 young people between the ages of 18-30 to vote. In this particular study, as part of their effort to better understand the impact of their programs, the focus of my internship time with MOVE was that I conducted interviews with four MOVE Texas program alumni. Participants were asked a series of questions, all of which discuss the impact MOVE has had in their lives and how they plan to use their leadership skills in the future. The study seeks to understand how the MOVE Texas programming is working toward their goal of helping young adults to mobilize and change the political narrative in Texas, while also contributing to the study of youth social movements.

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Progressive power, Young people, Voting rights, Organizing, Racial inequality, Oppression, And liberation

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