Students have the power to shape the future we will inherit. The Student PIRGs works with professional staff at colleges and universities to make sure our peers have the skills, opportunities and training they need to create a better, more sustainable future for all of us. Our chapters and clubs on nearly 100 campuses in 25 states provide the training, professional support and resources students need to tackle climate change, protect public health, revitalize our democracy, feed the hungry and more. Students have been at the forefront of social change throughout history, from civil rights, to Voting Rights to protecting the environment. For nearly 50 years we’ve helped students to get organized, mobilized and energized so they can continue to be on the cutting edge of positive change.PIRG New Voters Project, Inc. (Student PIRGs’ New Voters Project) is a nonpartisan 501(c)(3) nonprofit with 4945(f) status. We work on a 100 campuses across the country to activate the largest voting bloc in the country. Young people continue to be underrepresented in our democracy, so we work to make sure every student has the opportunity to have their voice heard in our elections by building a culture of civic engagement on college campuses. We engage students, faculty, and administrators to build systems of voter engagement for the long term.Since 1984, our field based, non-partisan effort has helped to register over 2 million young people and make over 3 million Get out the Vote contacts reminding young people where, when, and how to vote. We have tested new field models to ensure we are running the most effective civic engagement program possible. One study of the program showed that 76.3 percent of the voters we helped to register turned out to the polls, among the highest rates of all non-partisan Voter Registration efforts. 68.8 percent of voters we helped to register were brand-new registrants, making the project one of the most effective ways to bring new voters into the electoral process.
The New Voters Project works with diverse, local coalitions student organizations, faculty, administrators, election officials and more to help achieve full student participation in elections. We provide the training, support, and resources to train students and our partners to register, organize, and mobilize other young people to vote.