We're in the business of breaking barriers -so who says brunch can't start at 6 pm?! Join us on August 1st for an evening Venture with VOYCE, a smorgasbord of brunch eats (for dinner), and a sample of what our young people have been working on at the VOYCE Academy this summer.
Between a new Executive Director, Vanessa Roberts, a fresh vision for the organization, and new a roster of eager and ambitious young folks, we are so excited to share Project VOYCE's plans for the future. We will also be featuring samples of our youth facilitated workshops. So come, be inspired, venture, and invest in the next generation of community game-changers who are already doing the work to make our future an equitable one!
Join Project VOYCE for the inauguration of our new fearless leader, who will be announced at the party, and celebrate the dedicated service of Brea Zeise, who will be turning the page of a new chapter at the end of May. HINT: VOYCE’s Newest Voice is a community-based researcher, facilitator, and artivist. We are excited for our Director to share their vision for Project VOYCE!
As we embrace our year of transition and expansion, let us support our new Executive Director by donating to secure Project VOYCE’s spot nationally -- our youth have been invited to facilitate three workshops at the Free Minds Free People conference -- we need your support to get there! We will also be premiering several student digital stories that have been developed in partnership with the University of Colorado-Denver.
Food and beverages will be served! Please RSVP by May 27th using the form below.
Free Minds, Free People (FMFP) Conference:
Free Minds, Free People is a national conference convened by the Education for Liberation Network that brings together teachers, young people, researchers, parents, and community-based activists/educators from across the country to build a movement to develop education as a tool for liberation.
Project VOYCE is thrilled to be accepted to facilitate the following workshops at FMFP!
Nothing About Us Without Us: Winning Students’ Right to Vote
From Savior to Accomplice: Action Civics and How We Empower Youth to Lead
This Land, Our Land: Community Land Trusts as a Tool for Community Ownership
CALLING ALL STUDENT ACTIVISTS!
Are you a student in Colorado? Do you want to change REAL change in your school? Do you think 16 and 17-year-olds should be able to vote in school board elections?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, join us at the Colorado State Capitol to lobby your legislators on why they should support lowering the voting at to 16-years-old for school board elections across the state.
RSVP here!: https://goo.gl/forms/QWExXiTHR5V2PVDR2
We will begin the day with breakfast and a training on how to effectively talk to legislators about your story, why you believe young people should have a say in who represents you on the school board, and what is in the bill. We will also have a press conference and rally on the West side of the Capitol, and then we will head into the building to begin talking with our legislators.
This is our time to make HISTORY in Colorado! We need hundreds of students standing up to have their voices heard and we hope you will join us! #OurSchoolsOurVote
I scream, you scream, we all scream for….DEMOCRACY!
You are invited to our Election Day celebration at the Denver Coliseum from 3-7pm. We’ll have free ice cream and popsicles, music, and fun for the whole family to bring the community together to celebrate our rights. We hope you’ll vote as well, but all are welcome to celebrate!
This initiative is non-partisan in accordance with the rules for 501(c)(3) organizations.
Student Voice, Student Vote is hosting student summit to empower CO youth who want to join the fight to lower the voting age for school board elections to 16! The Student Voice Student Vote Summit will connect student activist from multiple schools, districts, and organizations to discuss creating a formal, student-led coalition that can drive a campaign to win this historic change lift our young, bold, and beautiful voices in our schools.
Join other inspiring and motivated students to learn more about how important our voices can be for school board elections. Free Food will be provided, along great discussion about the movement to lower the voting age and the chance to learn how you can be part of leading this new coalition to change the face of student voice and participation in Colorado!
RSVP NOW! DON'T MISS OUT ON THIS INCREDIBLE OPPORTUNITY! Save your spot at the summit by signing up at www.bit.ly/sv2summit
Join us for a morning of inspiration, awareness, and an action plan to change it all. Project VOYCE's summer leadership and action civics program, the VOYCE Academy, concludes with our annual Wake Up with VOYCE Breakfast Fundraiser. This year’s breakfast will feature interactive mini-workshops where youth leaders will facilitate sessions of healing, advocacy, and/or action. Don't miss this opportunity to support our young transformational leaders, celebrate student voices in the company of other change-makers, and fuel the movement for justice and equity!
*Childcare and translation (english/spanish) will be available. Event is wheelchair accessible.
BY AUGUST 3RD, FILL OUT THE FORM BELOW TO RSVP FOR FREE ENTRANCE.
"All over the nation youth are rising up and taking matters into our own hands. Adults have NOT proven to us that our futures matter more than their party affiliations and campaign contributors. This is not the world we want to inherit. We want the opportunity to shape our experience into one that prepares us to be better than generations before us.
Here in Colorado, for over 3 years a shifting coalition of youth and youth serving orgs has tried to enfranchise youth by lowering the voting age for school board elections to 16. This would enable those of us standing here today to actually have a vote over the representatives who will decide if our school teachers and administrators will be armed. A vote for the representatives who decide what we learn and don't learn. A vote for the representatives who will close or defend our schools and communities. This effort to give our youth power has been blocked for over 3 years by people and organizations that pretend to want what is best for youth and democracy. On Thursday, March 29th we will have a youth lobbying day at the capitol and we will be:
1. Pressuring the minority leader Crisanta Duran to be consistent and introduce the late bill. She says she supports youth voice but refuses to approve the late bill. It's NEVER too late to empower the silenced.
2. Speaking to our respective legislators asking them if they would support the bill or not and publically tagging them to show the world and their eligible voters what and who they really stand for.
3. We will also be calling out any organizations who SAY they support youth voice but turn their backs on us and lobby against measures that would expand the right to vote to the most vulnerable.
Our generation cannot and will not wait for permission to be better. We will not accept the indoctrination and the influence of money over what is right and necessary. We will not be silenced anymore. See you on Thursday morning in the House Lobby from 8:30-11am to raise our voices together."
RSVP on the Facebook event here.
Join us for food, fun, and community power-building as Project VOYCE Block Captains launch the first edition of a community collaborative newspaper in partnership with youth and adults, called "The VOYCE!"
A panel of youth, teachers and community partners will talk about their vision for the newspaper and their process in developing the inaugural edition.
Panelists will discuss why a free community collaborative newspaper is critical to reclaiming our narratives and developing an infrastructure for real-talk and real action. This newspaper is the space where the often silenced or forgotten will be able to share our own ideas, perspectives and dreams for a better city!
Several community partners will also be hosting resource tables who are featured in the newspaper and excited to meet those who make up our communities!
Translation will be available! Families welcomed!
Please RSVP at email@example.com by Monday, Feb 26th.
This giving season, we’re asking you to go beyond your basic civic duty of simply voting, and invest in local youth activism- are you up for the challenge? Our future depends on our ability to build socially conscious, compassionate, informed transformational leaders.
We need YOU to help us deepen and expand our impact!