By Audrey Coleman, Blue Future Spring for Progress and Change organizer

For the duration of this experience organizing with Blue Future, we have had to face the challenges of being entirely virtual. This new style brings incredible opportunities to connect across the country, which is what I feel I gained from the most as a spring intern.

Specifically, I recall being able to listen to Senator Sarah McBride. In this session, I was able to hear her story as a first transgender woman in Congress. …

By Jaelyn Sotelo, Blue Future Spring for Progress and Change organizer

Politics is already an intense field, without the complication of a global pandemic. As a grassroots organizer, I’ve invested my blood, sweat, and tears into championing for causes that affect my community. Organizing isn’t always easy, but it is always worthwhile. I wouldn’t change it for the world.

Blue Future’s Spring for Progress and Change Advocacy Program allowed me to unlock my full potential as a young person in politics. …

By Ellie Fried, Blue Future Spring for Progress and Change organizer

Prior to participating in Blue Future’s Spring for Progress & Change program, I had never heard of a youth advisory council (YAC). When I learned what it was, I thought to myself “How am I going to do that?” Blue Future’s answer: One step at a time.

I began working with the DMV group because I am from Arlington, VA and I currently live there while on my gap year after high school. By week four of the program, I decided it would be more sustainable and worth my…

By Allison Wiseman, Blue Future Spring for Progress and Change organizer

In the middle of a global pandemic, racial justice protests throughout the nation, with some taking place in my very own city of Louisville, KY, I knew I needed to learn how to organize for causes I was super passionate about. I was tired of the status quo being the norm and seeing the impact young voters had on the 2020 election, I knew our time had finally come to have our seat at the table.

Given the fact our world is operating virtually right now, I did not…

By Sarah Green, Blue Future Spring for Progress and Change organizer

Illinois youth have been historically disenfranchised. So, the young Illinoisians from Blue Future’s Spring For Progress and Change program are doing something about it. We started the Illinois Youth Advisory Coalition (ILYAC) as part of our capstone project for Blue Future’s spring program.

The Illinois Youth Advisory Coalition was founded with the understanding that infrastructure for youth involvement in politics was seriously lacking in Illinois due to factors like Chicago-style politics, gerrymandering, and voter suppression. …

By Ndidi Opara, Blue Future Spring for Progress and Change organizer

As a youth organizer, you expect to have to create a seat at a table that never tried to make room for you in the first place. You expect to be silenced before you even speak. Blue Future’s mission is a ray of hope for organizers like me who have never had their voices listened to.

Blue Future’s Spring program equipped me with the skills and tools to effectively communicate and advocate within my community. From learning about the importance of following up and relational organizing to learning about…

By Eleanor Alfano, Blue Future Spring for Progress and Change organizer

Angry. Disappointed. Horrified. Somewhat optimistic for change. These words and phrases describe exactly how I felt one week after George Floyd had been murdered at the hands of Minneapolis Police.

George Floyd was murdered about 20 minutes away from where I lived in Saint Paul, Minnesota. My family and I drove through Lake St., a street a few blocks away from 38th & Chicago, the same day that Floyd was killed.

It was a warm, cloudy day in May. The temperature was surprisingly hot considering that it had been…

By Simone Luthra, Blue Future Spring for Progress and Change organizer

We have seen enough proof to know that the youth hold immense power in politics. As a young advocate, I realized that our voices are becoming stronger with each action we take. We are driven by the disappointment of the decisions lawmakers make while disregarding a vast majority of people, but it is this disappointment that has fueled our determination to make politics and legislation reflect our values and beliefs.

We have seen the countless youth led organizations striving to make change, from their local communities, to state level…

By Ramisha Parvez, Blue Future Spring for Progress and Change organizer

Being a youth organizer is no easy feat. To make matters even more difficult, it is hard being a BIPOC woman in a field where there is virtually no representation of women who look like me. Because of this, I often lack the confidence that I need to make my mark on this world.

Political organizing is also no easy feat. You constantly feel disappointed or feel that your energy and time is being wasted because maybe the world isn’t ready to listen to progressives. However, that is where…

By Ashleigh King, Blue Future Spring for Progress and Change organizer

During my time with Blue Future, I was encouraged and emboldened to become involved with local politics to advance progressive ideals. In addition to the support I received, Blue Future provided weekly trainings with thought provoking ideas, inspiring speakers, and professional development advice that will aid me for the rest of my career. The Blue Future team offered their advice and mentorship throughout the program while holding weekly trainings to help refine my skills as an organizer.

The program also provided access to first hand accounts of on going…

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