Project320

Project320 aims to increase civil awareness among teen, specifically local government through exposure to elected representatives.

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Eligibility: Date of Birth

Jan 29, 2001

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331-330-3378 14 Heritage Halls #2206 Provo UT, 84602

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wbsite: https://sites.google.com/view/project320/home Facebook: thisisproject320 Twitter: weareproject320 Instagram: thisisproject320

Date You Started Your Project Started

April 2019

Project Stage: Select the description below that best applies to your approach.

  • Growth (have moved past the very first activities; working towards the next level of expansion)

1. The Problem: What problem are you helping to solve?

There is severe disenchantment across America with respect to our involvement of local politics. It is at the local level that the most impactful decisions are made, yet the youth in particular have little to no exposure to its running. It is vital that the rising generation witness the political process in action so they are empowered to make the changes necessary to make their hometowns better, more equal places.

2. Your Solution: How are you planning to solve this problem? Share your specific approach.

Social media is the new means for bringing about change. At Project320 we levy that platform through posts. What really got the group going was hosting mock elections at our high school. We believe strongly that mock elections help increase broad understanding of the political process and how simple everything actually is. We have also hosted forums where local politicians speak to teens about the things worrying them and what they hope to do moving forward. We have hosted voter registration drives and are currently working on a database collecting as much information about local candidates as possible

3. Personal Journey: What’s the story behind why you decided to start this project?

As a group, we've always been very passionate about civiv engagement because we have seen its fruits firsthand. For a while we contemplated how we could show others the benefits from being involved in government. Last year our debate group was tasked with finding a solution to a real-world problem and so we chose to combat systematic ignorance in teens which was serving . We solved it by reaching out to our elected officals which helped us find a voice.

5. Example: Please walk us through a specific example of what happens when a person or group gets involved with your project.

First off, the high schooler would participate in a mock election at the school. That would hopefully peak their interest in voting and democracy because they would be able to witness first hand just how simple the process is. Then they would attend our town halls and forums to learn more about local government. We are working on a night where we gather to learn how to write emails to representatives and lobby. They would get involved in that and then visit our Utah Voter Database to gain a more concrete idea of who the candidates are. Then at a voter registration drive, they would register to vote and continue a lifelong process of activity in local government.

6. The X Factor: What is different about your project compared to other programs or solutions already out there?

Nobody focuses on local politics. Yes it isn't as grand as national engagement, but it is just as, if not more, important. There are lots of organizations in existence focusing on engaging the young voting age, but we as a group focus explicitly on high school age youth, people who cannot use the democratic voting process to influence politics, but instead are forced to use their initiative and voice.

7. Impact: How has your project made a difference so far?

We held mock-elections at our school to prepare the teens for when they vote. We received hundreds of ballots. We have a whopping 92 followers on instagram. Our most current project is compiling a Q&A database of the stances of all the local election candidates in our county. We are finishing up the details and then posting it on our social media pages to give our followers access to this vital information. It is hard to be informed when there is no singular location featuring aggregate stances.

8. What’s Next: What are your ideas for taking your project to the next level?

We are hoping to pair up with the Utah branch of March for Our Lives to create a more streamline political outreach. We are planning more forums where local candidates come talk to highschoolers about their concerns and beliefs. We have hosted voter registration drives and are hoping to extend that to college campuses, and of course we are hosting more mock elections. We are working on reaching out to other high schools beyond our own to have a more far reaching effect.

9. Which of the following types of expertise would be most useful for you?

  • Project Plan & Strategy

10. Finances: If applicable, have you mobilized any of the following resources so far?

  • Friend support
  • Family support
  • Donations between $100-$1k

Help Us Support Diversity! Part 1 [optional] Which of the following categories do you identify with?

  • White (for example: German, Irish, English, Italian, Polish, French) (6)
  • Hispanic, Latino/a, or Spanish origin (for example: Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuba, Salvadoran, Dominican, Colombian) (7)

Help Us Support Diversity! Part 2 [optional] Do you identify as part of any of the following underrepresented communities?

  • LGBTQ community
  • Religious minority (non-Christian)

How did you hear about this challenge?

  • Social media
  • Word of mouth

Referral: If you discovered the Challenge thanks to an organization or person other than Ashoka or T-Mobile, who was it?

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This is such a great project! I especially like the forum in which local officials listen to teens voice their concerns--definitely attracts more students and shows just how important our voices are.

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