It is no secret that the November election will be a tough fight to win the White House. Both campaigns are courting a very important demographic to help secure the victory—Millennials. Millennials were born between 1977 and 1994 and at 70 million strong; they make up about 20% of the US population. They are the largest generation since the baby-boomers and are bound to have a significant impact on the social, political and economic future of the US.
Demographers and social anthropologists offer three major characteristics of Millennials: they are the most racially and ethnically diverse generation ever in US history; they value and seem to thrive due to their independence; and of all generations they have the greatest sense of security and are optimistic about the future.
An outstanding organization, Mobilize.Org is helping Millennials to focus their energies to work on some of the most pressing challenges facing our world today. To engage the Millennial generation, Mobilize.org will be investing over $25,000 in projects led by Millennials that increase civic engagement, community participation, and voter awareness around the country between now and the election.
According to their website, “Mobilize.org will use GOOD Maker, the online voting platform of GOOD, to crowd source ideas and invite Millennials to vote on their favorite projects in which Mobilize.org will invest awards totaling $25,000. The proposing individuals or teams can win an all-expense paid trip to the Mobilize.org summit to celebrate their achievements and pitch a long-term sustainability plan that will continue the momentum of Millennial civic engagement after the 2012 Election.”
Click here to access the application, which is open from May 15th to June 11th. The Millennial with the top-voted idea in each state with receive an all-expense paid trip to the summit and a $500 starter fund to support their idea.
If you are a Millennial or know an outstanding young person that has a great idea, please encourage them to apply.