Busy Summer Tees Up Fall Events
This summer, we’ve been working tirelessly to empower communities, develop young leaders, and engage voters. Your financial support will enable us to continue the important work summarized below:
Training Young Leaders
This summer, our 13 interns sharpened and expanded their organizer skills by participating in a number of community organizer training sessions. Some were also trained as trainers so they could lead our Summer Training Series workshops for high school student activists. We conducted this training series with and for the Communities United Against Hate (CUAH) Youth Creating Change (YCC) program. This series of student-led trainings was so successful that we are going to continue it this fall, so stay tuned!
Educating and Mobilizing Voters
To prepare for the upcoming Midterm Election, our summer interns have assisted with several projects. First, we updated our website’s nonpartisan Election Center, providing information about candidates, ballot questions, and the many voting options available to registered voters in Maryland. Secondly, we’re working with our partners to lay the groundwork for a County Executive candidate forum, where we’ll be asking the candidates questions about how they’ll improve the lives of people in the eastern part of Montgomery County. Thirdly, our interns are preparing for a Young Voter Fest on the University of Maryland campus in College Park. It will focus on registering young voters, as well as encouraging them to vote in the November 6th election. Lastly, our interns have also been planning additional ways to educate voters in targeted communities in Montgomery County.
Helping CUAH Grow
As a member of the CUAH network, we revamped their website and moved them into a new communications, events, and donation management application. We have also been assisting student leaders from CUAH plan and build the infrastructure for its Youth Creating Change program. YCC will support student social change activism in schools throughout Montgomery County. We're also working with CUAH to plan a series of Hate Crimes and Bias Incident training sessions and town hall meetings in 2019!
Lifting Community Voices
We’ve also been reaching out to faith groups in targeted communities in Montgomery County. Our plan is to work with them on a series of issue forums and action planning and training sessions. Each series will address an issue chosen by the congregation and begin sometime after the General Election.
We are so excited to report that we have many different and exciting projects on the horizon this fall! Thank you so much for your continued support of OVM–we couldn’t do it without you.