The Andrew Goodman Foundation, named for one of three civil-rights activists slain in Mississippi in 1964, has won a $350,000 grant to support its efforts to encourage civic engagement among the young.
The grant, made by the Teaneck-based Puffin Foundation, will be dispersed over the next two years and will be used in part to increase youth voting rates, particularly among young people of color.
“The 2018 Midterm Election saw record-breaking levels of youth voting. Unfortunately, in order to have a real impact on elections, they will need to increase their voting capacity even more. This is made even harder by increasing Jim Crow-like voter suppression tactics that are spreading like a contagious virus across the country,” said Maxim Thorne, managing director of AGF. “Now more than ever, training and empowering the next generation of civic leaders are critical to the survival of our democracy.”
AGF’s programs focus on the personal and professional development of more than 130 young activists. Its Vote Everywhere network spans 25 states and Washington, D.C., and has a permanent presence in 59 colleges and universities. Some activists continue to work with the AGF after graduation by applying for the Puffin Democracy Fellowship, named after the Puffin Foundation.