The American Dream has long been a symbol of achieving success. For far too many Minnesotans, the path to this dream is impeded due to systemic barriers. At LeadMN we break down those barriers by empowering two-year college students to become strong leaders, engaged community members, and successful professionals. We are rebuilding a pathway for students to achieve their American Dream.
The LeadMN Growing Voters project seeks to make voting a habit in young people through a long-term approach of providing civic education, creating civic agency and tearing down institutional barriers that prevent students from voting. This project is centered on the idea that just “motivating” young voters is purely transactional; if we want to rebuild our democracy we should cultivate young people to translate their voice into the voting process. This project is especially important because we focus on engaging institutions that have a high percentage of low propensity voters and students of color.