RSVPS for this event are closed. If you would like to attend, please email [email protected]
Join us on Wednesday, August 16 for our 5th Annual Youth Voter Assistance Advisory Committee (VAAC) Hearing!
Our Youth VAAC Hearing is a chance for young people to voice their thoughts and concerns on voting and local government in New York City. Youth voices are often excluded in conversations on civic participation, and we want to create a space that centers and uplifts the experiences of New Yorkers aged 14-25. The feedback we receive at this event will guide our youth programming over the next year. While we are prioritizing the statements of youth, New Yorkers of all ages are encouraged to attend as audience members.
The Committee wants to hear from young people across the city about their experience with voting or registering to vote in New York City elections. Potential topics include the following questions:
- Why is it important for young people to participate in local elections?
- What steps should New York City take to increase youth voter turnout?
- What are some of the barriers that young people face while registering or pre-registering to vote?
- If you have voted before, what was your experience like voting in your first election? How did it feel to make your voice heard?
This year’s hearing is a hybrid event and you can participate in person or on Zoom. In-person activities will begin at 4 p.m. We will have food, games, a photo booth, and a raffle for in-person attendees. The official hearing will begin at 5 p.m. sharp. If you’d like to deliver spoken testimony in-person or virtually, please fill out the form included in the Zoom confirmation email.
The following accessibility services will be provided for this meeting: American Sign Language interpretation, CART transcription, and Spanish-language interpretation.
We're looking for young New Yorkers to testify about their experiences voting and to provide recommendations to the Committee on how to improve youth outreach. Your city's democracy needs you, and we want to hear YOUR story.
There are three ways to provide testimony:
1. Speak at the hearing in-person on August 16. If you are planning to testify in person, please RSVP and fill out the Google form that is included in the confirmation email. If you’ve never spoken at a public hearing before, you can reach out to our Youth Programs Manager, Olivia Brady ([email protected]) who can help you craft your statement. In the interest of time, a limited number of in-person testimony spots are available.
2. Speak at the hearing via Zoom on August 16. If you are planning to testify via Zoom, please RSVP and fill out the Google form that is included in the confirmation email. If you have any other questions about joining via Zoom, please contact our Intergovernmental Analyst, Turquoise Baker ([email protected]).
3. Submit a written statement. If you would like to submit a written statement, please email your statement to our Intergovernmental Analyst, Turquoise Baker ([email protected]). You can also submit a work or art or other creative piece that conveys the feelings or experiences that young people have related to voting and New York City government. We are collecting an unlimited number of written statements. These will all be posted to our website.
For any accessibility needs, please contact [email protected] by Monday, August 14 so we have time to arrange accommodations. There will be live ASL interpretation. The Campaign Finance Board offices are fully accessible. An accessible entrance can be found on Barclay Street. Masks are not required but strongly recommended. We will have masks available at the event.
100 Church St
New York, NY 10007
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