🙌 Say hello, to our new policy advisor, BRIAN NÚÑEZ!

What inspired you to get involved in civic engagement? Making sure that young voices were heard through the election process is what inspired me to get involved in civic engagement during my sophomore year of college. My fraternity ΛΘΦ (Lambda Theta Phi) was founded on the principle of giving a voice to the voiceless and the best way to do that is by making sure our communities are voting. The 2012 presidential election was my first big civic engagement push and I was able to register about 250 students on my college campus. If you could meet any historical figure, who would you choose and why? If I could meet any historical figure, I would love to meet Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. She made history as the first Latina in the highest court of the land and overcame many extremely hard obstacles in her life, but nevertheless she persevered. Her drive, as well as her humility are things that inspire me to strive for the stars and it is definitely a goal of mine to meet her one day. What are three things still left on your bucket list? Three things that are still left in my bucket list are: 1.Going skydiving. 2.Create my own political nonprofit in the future. 3.Travel to Morocco and Thailand. If you could have any one superpower, which would you choose? If I could have any superpower, I would choose teleportation because I would love to instantly travel from one place to another. Snapshot Bio:I was born and raised until the age of 12 in Santiago, Dominican Republic by two loving parents, alongside...

Georgia Shift Increases Augusta Millennial Voter Turnout by 379%

November 1, 2018 Contact: Ian Bridgeforth Phone: 706-414-8519 Email: ibridgeforth@georgiashift.com Website: georgiashift.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Georgia Shift Increases Augusta Millennial Voter Turnout by 379% Augusta, GA — Georgia Shift, a 501(c)3 non-profit based in Augusta, is excited to announce that their Get Out the Vote (GOTV) operations has led to a 379% increase in 18 – 34 year old (youth voter) turnout, compared to the same period in 2014. Over 1,600 young voters in the area have cast their ballots compared to 335 young voters in 2014, according data from the Georgia Secretary of State’s office as of October 29. Georgia Shift’s grassroots efforts are focused on mobilizing young voters in Augusta who typically have been left out of the political process. The organization has knocked on 10,000 doors, distributed over 10,000 voter guides, and sent over 25,000 text messages. It has deliberately targeted the youngest voters, ages 18 – 24, resulting in an 800% increase in turnout compared to 2014. Ian Bridgeforth, Founder and Executive Director of Georgia Shift, stated “It is incredible to see the impact our work has had during the early voting period. The 800% increase in 18 to 24 year old turnout is the largest increase in voter turnout among all age groups. These facts are evidence that young people will turn out to vote when you actually make an effort to talk to them and the issues they care about. This information should dispel any notions that young people do not care about this election. They are fired up and ready to vote.” Georgia Shift will continue to turn out youth voters through...

🙌Meet Tiffany Jackson! Our Digital Organizer

What inspired you to get involved in civic engagement? Observing and having conversations about the different views, perspectives, and situations of civic life made me realize that there is a difference that need to be made; not only in my community but communities in the surrounding area…….and because of that I wanted to be part of developing change. If you could meet any historical figure, who would you choose and why? Amina, the Queen of Zaria; she was a Nubian leader and an awesome warrior from Africa, need I say more? How do you recharge?  Peaceful meditation and prayer, a journal, and maybe a light jog to clear space for new things. What are three things still left on your bucket list? Three things still left on my bucket list are to visit my original birth place (Spain), have a sit down with Oprah, and travel to one of the Greek Islands! If you could have any one superpower, which would you choose? If I had to choose a superpower, it would be the power to be superhuman. Snapshot Bio: Born on a Naval Base of Rota, Spain and raised mainly between the states of South Carolina (Charleston) and Georgia (Augusta); I have always loved to travel and spend valuable time with my family. Also, Graduating cum laude at Paine College and earning my Bachelor’s degree in Marketing has helped me gain incredible experience and expectations as a professional. Following this journey of diversity, love, creativity, and professionalism, it has made me the mother, sister, daughter, and wife that I am...

🙌 Meet Chamarra Wooten! Our Administrative & Development Coordinator

What inspired you to get involved in civic engagement? After graduating I was looking for a way to actually make a difference and I believe that civic engagement will give me the opportunity to be more involved with the community as well as make a difference. If you could meet any historical figure, who would you choose and why? I would like to meet Martin Luther King Jr. because he was proof that you can solve problems without violence and I really admire what he was able to accomplish in his short time here. How do you recharge? I really enjoy doing new art projects to recharge and relax. Whether it be doing a portrait, painting, or something completely new, I find art to be very calming and a way to clear my mind. What are three things still left on your bucket list? Three things still on my bucket list are to visit Australia, fly in a hot air balloon and see a show on Broadway. If you could have any one superpower, which would you choose? I wish I had the power to teleport so that I could be anywhere in the world in the blink of an eye. Snapshot Bio: I was born in San Bernadino, California. My family was military so we moved around a lot growing up. I spent my first two years of college at Kennesaw State University then I transferred to the University of South Carolina Aiken to finish my bachelor’s degree in Marketing. I’m just starting my career and I look forward to all of the things I will accomplish in the years to...

🙌 Meet Maria Del Rosario Palacios, our Advocacy & Policy Director!

What inspired you to get involved in civic engagement?I was first inspired to get involved in civic engagement when I was five years old and we did a mock election at our elementary school. We voted between President Bush and Al Gore. I learned about CSPAN early in high school and would watch it regularly. Civic engagement became a passion for me in my undergraduate degree when I started volunteering for GALEO and I haven’t taken any breaks since.If you could meet any historical figure, who would you choose and why?If I could meet any historical figure I would love to sit down and have dinner with Marguerite Annie Johnson, more known as Maya Angelou. Marguerite pours strength into everyone who reads her words. Not only did she rise from very difficult circumstances but she turned them into a beautiful career. I would love to discuss in detail her life journey.How do you recharge?I recharge by reading in my home. I grew up in a home with constant variables like homelessness, poverty, an undocumented status, and language barriers for my single mother of five. Things were always noisy and hectic but I could always find refuge in a book. Now, as someone who heads my own home I have made my place a sanctuary where electronics don’t live in every room. I find a variety of different books to read most nights and some days, as my recharge.What are three things still left on your bucket list?Three things still left on my bucket list are to learn Vietnamese, to learn how to code, and to learn how to swim....

Raise your hand if you’re broke af.

Our generation is #BrokeAF.  Whether it be student loans, childcare, or finding the money for tuition in the first place, thousands of young people in Georgia are struggling every day just because they want a higher education. The good news is state legislators passed a needs-based financial aid bill for low-income young people. The bad news is it’s not funded yet, and we’re fighting every day to make sure it includes enough funding to help as many young people get to college as possible. But to do that, we need your story. Having your voice in the debate is the only way we can get free tuition for all young people. Share your story so we can know exactly what you need to live your best...