annual reports


The Students Learn Students Vote (SLSV) Coalition is built on the strength of our partnerships. That’s how we’re able to bring together more than 300 local, state, and national organizations – each with its own team, community, and history – and move toward one common vision: a democracy in which every eligible college student has easy and equal access to participate in every election. 

Every partner, as well as each of the more than 800 college and university campuses that participate in our programming, undertakes its own journey to become a part of the national #StudentVote movement. Nearly a decade after our founding, this presents us with a core challenge that is both exciting and complex: Onboarding partners who are just beginning their nonpartisan student voter engagement journey while simultaneously supporting partners who seek to deepen and evolve their work with the #StudentVote movement after years of involvement. 

In 2023, we embraced this challenge by working to deepen our relationships across the board – whether by crafting dynamic and accessible resources, through interactive programming, by uplifting our partners’ work through our revamped Coalition communications strategies and earned media outreach, or gathering in-person to collaborate and share lessons learned in ways only possible when occupying the same physical space. In every case, with every strategy, we approached our work with a philosophy grounded in trust and collaboration. 

Reflecting on 2023, and understanding the immense moment ahead of us in 2024, we settled on a powerful but simple theme for this report: “Together.” As a movement, as a Coalition, and as an organization, everything we do is strengthened by the partnerships and collaborations that make us who we are. In 2023 we saw that more than ever.


In 2022, the SLSV Coalition entered a new phase.
Following historic growth in student voting rates in both 2018 and 2020, fueled by burgeoning nonpartisan student voter engagement efforts on college campuses throughout the US, our Coalition’s work shifted from establishing a movement, to sustaining and evolving our movement for the long term.
The result? A year of profound impact, achieved on the strength of our partnerships at the local, state, and national levels – and the deepened engagement they enabled.
Read about the work behind these achievements, and the moments that shaped our last year, in the 2022 SLSV Coalition Annual Report.


In the 2020 elections, according to Tufts University’s Institute for Democracy & Higher Education’s (IDHE) National Study of Learning, Voting and Engagement (NSLVE), college students voted at a record 66% rate. This groundswell of participation, the 2020 election’s unique circumstances caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, and our foundational commitment to equity and inclusion – an urgent issue since long before the national reckoning on racial justice in the aftermath of the killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor – set the stage for a 2021 characterized by three distinct themes:

  • Growing the student vote by implementing more collaborative and sustainable processes
  • Creating tools and infrastructure to help Coalition partners build capacity and work more efficiently
  • Building equity through collaboration

In short, we spent 2021 building a stronger, more inclusive coalition for the long term. Check out our 2021 Annual Report to learn how! 


In the face of what oftentimes felt like insurmountable odds, high levels of youth turnout in the 2020 election were far from inevitable. But it was not an anomaly. It was part of a sustained trend powered by an infrastructure that supports youth engagement, which importantly includes colleges and universities – institutions that young people learn from and engage with every day – that have been building, growing, and iterating on student engagement strategies day in and day out since early 2016. Ultimately, this report is our 2020 story. It’s a story of collaboration, innovation, dedication and resilience.