What We Do
Black Youth Vote! (BYV!) is a national grassroots coalition of organizations and individuals committed to increasing political and civic engagement among black youth and young adults between the ages of 18-35. On April 4, 1996, BYV! was launched under the theme “The Ballot, Not the Bullet” live on CSPAN to address the chronic decline in Black youth voter participation.
The Black Women’s Roundtable (BWR) is an intergenerational civic engagement network of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation. At the forefront of championing just and equitable public policy on behalf of Black women, BWR promotes their health and wellness, economic security, education and global empowerment as key elements for success.
Voices of the Electorate (VOTE) is a diverse, non-partisan coalition campaign, designed to bring together national, state and local organizations, leaders and community activists to address election reform and other issues impacting civic participation. VOTE activities include public awareness campaigns, civic education trainings, town hall meetings, and election reform legislation advocacy. VOTE serves as a clearinghouse for up-to-date information on civic issues.
Black Youth Vote! (BYV!) is the youth and young adult civic leadership development and organizing arm of the National Coalition. The BYV! #Vote4Justice Organizing Initiative's goal is to continue it’s legacy of engaging black youth in civic engagement, issue organizing, voter empowerment and voter protection. When BYV! began in 1996, voter turnout for young people was extremely low averaging 17-34 percent. However, over the past decade black youth have led voter turnout in presidential election years, voting at 45 percent in 2012. BYV! Is one of the leading youth led movements focused on training a new generation of black civic leaders, elected officials, advocates, activists and organizers. BYV!’s priority is to connect to protest to public policy through the power of the vote.
The National Coalition Black Women’s Roundtable promotes public policies that ensure stable families and a prepared workforce for today and tomorrow. BWR believes that there must be intentional efforts, including program development, funding, staffing, administrative practice and rule of law to ensure genuine equity -- especially for women, communities of color, low income communities and others that have been traditionally left out of the policymaking arena. Click here to read the full statement.