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Project case studies

Case Study: Democracy Summer Internship The Effect of Mentorship and Organizing Training on Youth Leaders

by:
Caitilin Hall
Post date: 02/04/2016
As part of its effort to achieve a democracy “of, for, and by the people,” the nonpartisan voter advocacy organization Democracy North Carolina runs an internship program called Democracy Summer. This program is intended for sophomores, juniors, or seniors enrolled in North Carolina universities to learn about organizing and voter rights issues first hand. The students earn a stipend of $2,500 for the summer and work full time from late May to late July.  The Democracy Summer 2014 proved to be successful, not only in providing organizing and advocacy experience to the next generation of political activists, but also in establishing roots within universities, to better reach an underrepresented group in turnout demographics, the youth vote. Lessons Learned:

The “Democracy is for the People” Movement

by:
Caroline Burke
Post date: 02/03/2016
Key Findings   1. When done correctly, grassroots campaigns can be highly effective in spreading information and organizing citizenry within a democratic nation. 2. Information and mass involvement alone are not sufficient indicators of the success of a movement. There have to be concrete results that arise as a result of the success of these factors, such as the involvement of state legislature due to pressure from its citizenry. 3. Demonstrations, rallies and protests are an effective strategy in the effort to overturn rulings that are passed down within a democratic nation. 4. The “Democracy is for People” Movement has implemented all of these factors to yield success in pressuring state legislature and federal politicians to support an Amendment that overturns