🗣 We’re Hiring Fellows!

If you live near Augusta, Milledgeville, Macon, Southwest Georgia, or Gwinnett County, we want you on our team. The Democracy On Demand™ Fellowship is a paid part-time leadership opportunity designed to cultivate the natural gifts of marginalized young people for civic leadership. It includes training, mentorship, and project-based work tailored for their natural talents and fosters their growth as emerging civic leaders. Fellows will receive a stipend of $1,000 per month, and work from July through November. Application Deadline: July 8, 2018 Apply here: http://bit.ly/GSFellowship...
Meet Ryan, Our New Organizing Director

Meet Ryan, Our New Organizing Director

Last month, we brought on our new Organizing Director, Ryan Brown. We’re incredibly excited to have him on board and can’t wait to see the impact he’s going to have. Check out his bio and our Q&A with him below. Who’s Ryan? Ryan was born and raised in Thomasville, Georgia. He is the youngest of three siblings and currently resides in Augusta, GA. Ryan brings a wealth of experience to Georgia Shift from his previous work within non-profits, higher education and state government/politics. Ryan strongly believes, “service is the rent we pay being. It is the very purpose of life, and not something you do in your spare time.” Marian W. Edleman What inspired you to get involved in civic engagement? My inspiration for civic engagement stems from principles and values instilled by my parents. Observing their service to others and selflessness throughout their lives inspired my passion for public service. People are capable of amazing feats in their lives. However, most are stifled by the temporary and often self-imposed barriers. I hope to assist people with moving those barriers and provide access to opportunity not only for them but also for the future generations of their family. If you could meet any historical figure, who would you choose and why? Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. I would choose Justice Marshall during the time-frame of his law school days where he was under the tutelage of Charles Hamilton Houston at Howard University. Houston challenged his students to not only become lawyers, but to also become social architects. Justice Marshall led a series of cases and legal strategies which changed...

Introducting Shift: In

As a civic engagement organization, a lot of times we get the question: what exactly is civic engagement? Is it voting? Is it being on a board? Is it lobbying? Is it sharing something on Facebook? We believe it’s a mix of all of that, and more. So in order to expand access and lower the barrier of entry to civic engagement, we’d like to introduce our new video series: Shift: In Our goal is to shift the civic process in as many news feeds and timelines as possible, so young people can quickly understand how it relates to them, where they can can get engaged, and how. The series will feature a mix of behind-the-scenes footage, campus news, legislative updates, and a few surprises as well. In this episode, we cover House Bill 51, House Bill 37, and also interview Jordan Johnson, a young leader in Augusta, about his role in the Richmond County school system and how to get involved on the local level. **** Help us keep this going by donating here: https://georgiashift.com/contribute/ Find your state representative: https://openstates.org/find_your_legislator/ Like the orgs featured in this episode: Students Against House Bill 51 GALEO.org Asian Americans Advancing Justice Atlanta Music: OBESØN – Runnin’ (https://soundcloud.com/obeson/runnin) Dan Farber – Take Me High (https://soundcloud.com/dan_farber/take-me-high) What So Not X George Maple ft. Rome Fortune – Buried (https://soundcloud.com/whatsonot/buried)...
Georgia Shift wins 3rd Place in Everyday Democracy’s Young Leaders Grant Competition

Georgia Shift wins 3rd Place in Everyday Democracy’s Young Leaders Grant Competition

                          Last weekend, we were honored to receive a third place award at Everyday Democracy’s national convening for our work with young people across the state. We were one of finalists for the young leaders scholarship and grant competition. It was an incredible opportunity to join young leaders from across the country and learn how they are creating change in their own communities. Each day of the event taught and inspired us more to fight harder for equity for all in my in the work we do. We made critical connections with leaders working on similar issues as can’t wait to collaborate with them in 2017 and beyond. We want to thank the board, staff, and volunteers of Every Day Democracy for allowing us to attend this invaluable...

Session for post-election dialogue, healing set

[From the Augusta Chronicle] Organizers hope a Saturday forum will facilitate healing among residents who reacted strongly to the Nov. 8 presidential election. “Since the election there’s been a lot of raw emotions. The idea is to get people out of their own bubbles and to start talking with each other,” said organizer Ian Bridgeforth of Georgia Shift, Inc. The moderated forum won’t be a “rant session” and aspires to bring together people of different political philosophies. None will be excluded, he said. “The process of reconciliation starts with dialogue, listening and understanding,” Bridgeforth said. Primary organizer Anthony Page said that after the election, “some cheered, while others jeered. Some cried, while others celebrated,” but regardless, the election revealed “a deep divide within our country.” The moderated forum will include speakers and a seven-member panel and encourage audience comments and questions. Speakers include Bridgeforth, whose company focuses on getting millennials involved in political discourse and Joseph Willard, who is completing a graduate thesis on black radicals and the Cuban revolution. Panelists will include Jesse Willard, founder of the Augusta advocacy group I Breathe, I Rise; Davidson magnet school senior Deja Green, a performing artist whose group Divine Intelligence, will also perform; Elsa Bustamante, founder of the Hispanic Business Alliance of the CSRA and Brad Owens, known in the community as outspoken on issues related to gun rights, downtown Augusta and the local film-making industry. Owens called himself a rare conservative Democrat in a party that “left white male conservatives behind” during the election. He hopes the session will help the party regroup after the stunning loss. The forum will...

Georgia Shift Featured on WRGC 88.3FM

[Originally posted on WRGC] In this edition of Georgia College Connections, we talk with Ian Bridgeforth, the Founder and CEO of Georgia Shift, a recently-minted, non-profit organization. Bridgeforth addresses the organization’s goal of giving young Georgians a platform from which to get involved in the civic life of their communities at the local, state, national and international levels. Thish...