The Voices of Democracy

We have a voice and we will use our voice

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Eligibility: Date of Birth

May 3rd, 2002

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315-560-7490 302 Libby St. Liverpool NY, 13088

Date You Started Your Project Started


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

  • Idea (hoping to get started in the future)

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

We live in a heavy immigrant/refugee area in Syracuse NY. Unfortunately due to lack of knowledge about the elections and voting we have very low number of voters compared to the total eligible voters or we have voters who have little to no idea on who they should vote. We want to spread awareness about the importance of voting. It is vital that every citizen is practicing their right to vote so, we choose the right leaders for our country.

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

We will create presentations to present at our school board meetings, community meetings, and at classes. We want to start a Voters Information class that will help citizens register to vote, learn about different candidates, learn what’s important to them, and most importantly make decisions for themselves. We also want to approach young adults to join us in this effort to unify our nation. We will have ambassador groups that will host different workshops in their regions and online to rapidly spread our program and its benefits. The most important part of our program is that it will be cost free to all participants. We also want to involve the student body as much as possible because that is our present and we can only grow to be stronger if we grow together. Branches grow on a tree not separately. Our goal is to have dialogues to help people understand that if we want the government to make change then we need to choose the people who will make change. We can only do that by voting and being an active part of our community.

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

We the creators of this organization share a common thread of being from an oppressed group in all of our motherland. Two of us being refugees from Bhutan, our parents had to flee their motherland after being torn away from their basic rights and citizenship. Living over 18 years in Nepal still did not earn them citizenship or the respect they deserved. But coming to this nation have given our parents and us a chance to make a better life for ourselves and we are able to contribute to that given the right to earn citizenship and vote for who will run this nation with pride and justice.

4. Selfie Elevator Pitch: Include 1-minute video that answers the following “I am stepping up to make change because...”

This is the google doc link to our video

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

We will have two parts to joining our group, participant and an ambassador. Anyone can join to be part of the workshops and classes as a participant to learn and understand. But to be an ambassador you will need to be able to break down information about elections and voting to share with the participants. Ambassadors will be properly trained by three of us to lead workshops and classes. Also, we will make sure that if the participant needs any extra help understanding the information we are able to provide it to them. For example, if the participant does not understand English then we will try our best possible to find a volunteer translator that will translate the information to them.

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

Our project focuses on every individual. For example, we will have translated workshops for people who might not understand English. As if right now we have six different languages in our group. Our goal is to be able to give personal time to anyone who needs it to help them get to the voting day all pumped and ready to go.

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

We will reach out to our school officials, community organization leaders, youth leadership programs, and more non-profit organizations in our area to gather support for expanding the program. In the previous years, we have worked together with multiple organizations to host events like, to collect letters for refugee children in war torn areas, to tutor students, create room for dialogues, spearhead dialogues in the community and school. We have received endless amount of support for making change in the community from great organizations like Seeds of Peace. Our goal is to continue networking and build up this dream project.

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

To take our project to the next level we will heavily focus on the 2020 election that is coming up. We will provide detailed information sessions about the different debates and plans of the new candidates and the current President who is re-running. We can also try to hold dialogues to see who knows what about presidency and elections for us to get a better idea about what we can share and teach.

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

  • Accounting & Finance

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

  • Asian (for example: Chinese, Filipino, Indian, Vietnamese, Korean, Japanese, Pakistani) (9)

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

  • Communities of color
  • Low-income community
  • Religious minority (non-Christian)

How did you hear about this challenge?

  • Social media


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Photo of Matthew Peiffer

This is a great opportunity for immigrants that aren't familiar with the American voting process and helping them understand! Don't give up on your dream and idea.

Photo of Bhadra Mishra

Thank you so much. Really appreciate your kind words.