Who We Are

Civic Influencers is a nonpartisan 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to inspiring young people to make their voices heard—and their votes count. We use cutting-edge data to target campuses and communities where higher civic engagement can make the difference in an election.

The Challenge

Threats against our democracy continue to escalate. We experienced the overt effort to overturn the 2020 presidential election, culminating in the January 6 attack on the Capitol Building. Since then, of the 291 election deniers who ran for office in 2022, an astounding 191 went on to win.

Now, with the Voting Rights Act effectively gutted, the anti-democracy movement is successfully passing state laws designed to restrict our fundamental right to vote—and give partisan legislators the power to control elections. Because of these draconian measures, the voting rights of young people are at greater risk than ever. We call it “generational gerrymandering”—the overt effort to silence the civic voices of young voters.

Learn More About “Generational Gerrymandering!”

Our Solution

We operate hyper-locally nationwide to support a movement to increase engagement among young voters (ages 18-29). Each year, over 4 million 18-year-olds in the U.S. become eligible to vote. Our mission is to get them to the polls.

We believe that saving our democracy is neither a sprint nor a marathon. Rather, it is an intergenerational relay—one where each generation must ensure this sacred right is passed on as seamlessly as possible.

We approach our work on two levels:

  1. Training hundreds of young people on campuses across the country to inspire their peers to become more civically engaged.
  2. Working with campus administrations to help make it easier for students to vote.

What Makes Us Different

We believe that our data-driven approach can have a massive impact on increasing young people’s civic power. While most voter-engagement organizations tend to focus on big four-year colleges and universities, we use on-the-ground data to identify places that might otherwise be overlooked, including:

  • Community colleges
  • Trade, technical, and vocational schools
  • People of Color Serving Institutions (PoCSIs)
  • Tribal Campuses
  • Historically Black Colleges and Universities
  • Hispanic Serving Institutions.

We’ve proven that voter-empowerment initiatives in these communities can result in significant increases in turnout—enough to swing critical elections, be it at the local, state, or federal level. Through our innovative Organizing, Advocacy and Learning (OAL) program, we help train pro-democracy young people (our “boots on campus”) to engage their peers on the critical importance of voting.

For our team of Civic Influencers, there’s no such thing as an “off year” when it comes to protecting our democracy.

Hear from our Civic Influencers

Ruby Alanis Houston, Texas
India Rice of Claflin University