In 2005, three organizations — Young People For, The League of Young Voters Education Fund, and The Movement Strategy Center — came together to address the lack of cross-sector collaboration and coordination within the youth civic engagement field. Out of a shared analysis of the problem, came a vision for a solution: the Generational Alliance, a collaboration of national youth organizations building collective power for underrepresented & low-income communities.
The youth civic engagement field is currently fractured among at least four distinct sectors:
Because these sectors developed — and were funded — in isolation from one another without adequate opportunities for interaction or collaboration, young people are not being optimally served and their interest in civic engagement not properly expressed.
A true sea change in the role and profile of young people in American civic life is possible only if these sectors are empowered to provide more comprehensive support and networking opportunities to young people of different ages, socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds and educational experiences, who choose to play active roles in civic and political life.
Young leaders must feel supported across these sectors and know how to navigate between the organizations working collectively to support their development as activists and leaders. To achieve this type of sustained, strategic coordination, we must build strong relationships between organizations and across sectors.
The Generational Alliance creates spaces and brings together youth organizations to build collaborative and strategic working relationships. GA members have collaborated on a range of projects including twice-annual national convenings, regional conferences, curriculum development, membership trainings, fellowship recruitment and selection, a national youth voter engagement initiative, online initiatives, and a national youth issues platform and policy agenda. We view these innovative projects and partnerships as essential building blocks for the development of our organizations, fields and movements.
The GA continues to strengthen the youth civic engagement field by building the capacity of member organizations and coordinating their leadership development, electoral, issue and cultural organizing:
In 2005, three organizations — Young People For, The League of Young Voters Education Fund, and The Movement Strategy Center — came together to address the lack of cross-sector collaboration and coordination within the youth civic…