Empowering Our Youth to Strengthen Our Democracy
Students for Justice is a paid internship program for college students. The program was founded in May 2020 to meet two urgent needs –the need to fight voter suppression and apathy, and the need to engage young people in the electoral process. Working remotely, Students for Justice interns take on a variety of projects –- communications, outreach, and community organizing— all aimed at getting out the vote. Interns develop paid social media campaigns to increase voter registration and turnout. They recruit, train, and motivate volunteers to use postcards, phone calls, and texts to contact some of the 16.5 million Americans who have been purged from the voter rolls, helping them re-establish their voter registration, and get out the vote.
Students for Justice is nonpartisan. Our mission is to empower underrepresented voters in communities of color in voter suppression states through voter registration and by providing the information needed to overcome barriers to voting. Since its inception in 2020, Students for Justice has provided 275 internships. Our interns have recruited more than 1800 volunteers to engage in voter outreach. Together the interns and their volunteers have mailed over 150,000 postcards to voters and spent hundreds of hours phone banking and text banking. Our interns have also reached over three million people with their social media posts. In 2022, we are enrolling 120 interns -- 40 in the summer and 80 in the fall.
Students for Justice is an initiative of the Center for Common Ground, Virginia-based 501(c)(3).
Check out co-founders Claire and Sandy on the "New Faces of Democracy Podcast!"