Empowering youth to demand real change

 

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Organize

The YPPG provides a platform for youth to come together to discuss vital issues like voter suppression and climate change

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Lobby

 The YPPG organizes trips to Albany to meet with state legislatures to advocate for bills like the Young Voter Act

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Empower

 The YPPG signs young people up to vote at marches and participates in events like the Student Voter Registration Drive

The YPPG has been covered EXTENSIVELy in the media, from high schoolers writing op-eds to coverage in the Daily News and PBS! Check out some of our highlights below:

Our Original Legislation

 

The current education system sends students into the world with the expectation that they know how to register and vote under New York State's restrictive laws and deadlines. This leaves students unprepared for participation in democracy, and disenfranchises populations of young people all over the state. 

It doesn't have to be this way.

For this reason, YPPG proudly supports the Young Voter Act (A2800 and A3339-A/S2272-A and S2273-A). We believe young people are responsible enough to vote in state and municipal elections at 16. 16-year-olds are allowed to get married, get divorced, drive a car, drive a boat, and are taxed like adults. It is only right that they have the opportunity to vote like adults.

The Young Voter Act would also implement at least eight full periods of civics education to the New York State high school curriculum. Not only will the bill allow more people to vote, it will create a generation of knowledgeable citizens who understand the system in which they participate. 

Finally, the Young Voter Act allows students to register to vote within their high schools through an opt-out system. The three level approach of educating students in civics, registering them to vote, and allowing 16-year-olds to vote in local elections would prepare young people for a lifetime career of voting. Thousands of New Yorkers have signed our petition urging the legislature to take action on this bill, and we hope you will too!

 

 
YPPG members hold a press conference in Albany

YPPG members hold a press conference in Albany

YPPG members on the floor of the New York State Assembly

YPPG members on the floor of the New York State Assembly

YPPG members meet with Assemblymember Taylor

YPPG members meet with Assemblymember Taylor

The Climate and Community Protection Act

 

Under the leadership of Sylvana Widman, YPPG has expanded its advocacy to environmental issues. YPPG partnered with and helped organize the Zero Hour NYC Youth Climate March and successfully lobbied for the Climate and Community Protection Act (S.6617A/A8270A).

The Climate and Community Protection Act, or CCPA, passed in June 2019, will create and enforce achievable benchmarks for companies to reduce carbon emissions, while reinvesting capital into underserved communities. This would culminate in a state cleaner and less dependent on fossil fuels for generations to come.

As a youth advocacy group, YPPG knows it is vital to preserve the earth for generations to come, and is appalled by the inaction on increasingly urgent threats to our planet. Join us in this fight for environmental justice and for all the fights that are sure to follow. 

 
YPPG chair Sylvana Widman speaks at the Zero Hour NYC Youth Climate March

YPPG chair Sylvana Widman speaks at the Zero Hour NYC Youth Climate March

YPPG chair Sylvana Widman with other organizers of the Zero Hour NYC Youth Climate March

YPPG chair Sylvana Widman with other organizers of the Zero Hour NYC Youth Climate March

YPPG member Kai Franks petitions for the Young Voter act at the Zero Hour NYC Youth Climate March

YPPG member Kai Franks petitions for the Young Voter act at the Zero Hour NYC Youth Climate March

The rally following the Zero Hour NYC Youth Climate March

The rally following the Zero Hour NYC Youth Climate March

Following the 2019 legislative session, the YPPG still has much it hopes to achieve

With the 2020 election closing in, the YPPG hopes to register 2500 young people to vote in the Democratic primary or general election, as well as state and local elections next year. Additionally, the YPPG plans to create a youth-centric voter information guide to help first-time voters (although everyone will be welcome to the pamphlet) make educated decisions as they fill out their ballot.

Please email us at yppg.ny@gmail.com or contact us on social media (@YPPGOfficial) with any thoughts or suggestions!