WHO WE ARE
We’re young people intent on fully engaging our generation (and the next) in our local democracy so that we have a future in Miami that is a more just, democratic, and sustainable.
Our goal is to cultivate a generation of thoughtful citizens who will work to make their community vibrant and participatory, where local government is in harmony with local residents. To get there we’re reimagining what civic participation looks like for 21st Century Miami—right down to how information gets communicated to how we organize. Look for us in the streets, the classroom, the park and maybe even an office or two hard at work fostering a participatory citizenry.
WHERE WE COME FROM
We were founded in 2015 by young Miamians who connected through the community group Emerge Miami. They saw an opportunity in the City of Miami District 2 Commission seat to show the power of motivating young people to turn out in a local election. Around the same time the Alliance for Youth Organizing, of which we are now an affiliate, was looking to expand to Miami and spoke at an Emerge event. This connection and the D2 election proved serendipitous and Engage Miami was born on July 6th, 2015.
HOW WE’RE DOING IT
The heart of what we do relies on our fantastic organizers who are out in our college campuses and in the community working with young people to ignite their civic imagination and link their ideas to local possibilities. We work to engage these young people within their community so that they begin really being part of creating better solutions and a truly representative local government.
PROOF’S IN THE PUDDIN’
Don’t rely on our words alone, check out the early impact we’ve had by the numbers.
Since 2016 our organizers have registered 6,000 young voters and supplied over 4,000 with a voting plan. Plus we’ve distributed 110,000 voter guides in elections at all levels so that young people can easily decipher what candidates stand for.
81% of the young voters we contacted in 2016 turned out to vote, beating overall turnout for Miami-Dade County (72.4%) by over 8%. The voters we contacted also highest turnout for any age group under 35 in Florida (54.5% for 18-21 year olds) by over 26%.