GO ACLU – Get Organized, a Program for Youth

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ACLU GO! (formerly known as Inspire San Diego), at the forefront of our youth empowerment work, has three important goals:

1 LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

  • Education: Interactive workshops led by GO leaders about the history and importance of civil rights, social justice, and relevant national, state, and local policy trends.
  • ACLU Sacramento Conference and Lobby Day: Each April, fifteen of ACLU GO youth leaders will join residents from across California to learn about the ACLU priority bills.
  • They will learn how to lobby effectively, and participate in legislative visits in the capital.
  • ACLU Campus Action Network: CAN’s college interns will participate in training and leadership development once a year with campus leaders from across the state.
  • Youth Leadership Meeting and Summer Retreat: All ACLU GO students will gather quarterly, and for an extended summer program, to learn, bond, plan, and strategize.

2 CAMPAIGN TO PROMOTE CIVIL LIBERTIES

  • Students will be active participants in major ACLU priority campaigns in the San Diego area. This year’s priorities include passing comprehensive immigration reform, border justice, voting rights and civic participation, and criminal justice reform.

3 NONPARTISAN VOTER ENGAGEMENT

  • Working with San Diego area high schools, GO student leaders will run voter registration drives, aiming to register all eligible students in their school age 17 years and older
  • GO students will canvass for voter engagement programs of the ACLU and Engage San Diego partners organizations
  • Each campus group will organize one major civic engagement event each semester and outreach to media outlets to educate the broader public about their activities.