Resources for young voters

From the National League of Cities’ Institute for Youth, Education, and Families:
Youth Voting 2008: Tools to help Engage Young People in Elections

  • ServiceVote, from Youth Service America, is an interactive website that is a hub for young people to engage in every aspect of the ’08 election, including: news & information on the various races, the presidential candidates, and the defining issues; opportunities for peer interaction & dialogue through a discussion forum where youth can post videos, images, and audio files; and, resources to encourage action through service in the election and in the policy process.
  • Youth on the Trail, is a partnership between What Kids Can Do, a national non profit located in Providence RI, and Ypress, youth-led news bureau based in Indianapolis, to provide a youth perspective on the 2008 Presidential Elections, including: stories about the campaign, the candidates, and youth perspectives on the political process; results from surveys created by youth to gather information from youth nationwide about the candidates and the issues most important to young people; reports from the floor at both of this summer’s national conventions.
  • Votegopher, a one-stop, non-partisan election resource is created by young voters to focus on the issues with the motto “We dig, you decide”. Staffed by Harvard students, the website provides in-depth information the candidates’ positions, including a side by side comparison on various issue areas, as well as links to articles, videos and speeches the candidates have given.
  • Scoop08, is a national, daily online newspaper written and edited by young people for young people focused on the 2008 national election. Young people of all ages are encouraged to submit columns, letters, articles or story ideas as well as journalism videos. Currently 400 young people have connected to this newspaper.