MemYU, the Memphis Youth Union, is a movement to increase youth voice within within political processes in the city of Memphis, and is working on a long-term effort to lower the voting age in local elections. So far, MemYU has created a strategic plan, and they’ve been approved to receive funding to begin their work. Currently, they are reaching out to schools to pilot voting rights and civic engagement curriculums, and are also creating a template letter of support for their campaign to be sent out to potential allied organizations. To target cultural change, MemYU is resuming their YoMemphis! Campaign, a campaign similar to Humans of New York, where they interview youth around Memphis to ask whether they feel their voice is heard and how they would want to be supported by their community. MemYU is also working towards getting a new voting rights bill on a referendum for the 2018 midterm municipal elections.
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