MemYU, or the Memphis Youth Union, is a movement to increase youth voice within political processes in the city of Memphis. MemYU has expanded their campaign to extend the right to vote to sixteen- and seventeen-year-olds across the state of Tennessee. In order to increase statewide support, they are building coalitions in major Tennessee cities. To target cultural change, MemYU has a 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 bringing a proposed draft of legislation to Tennessee Congress for the next session.
For more information, visit www.thememphisyouth.org // @thememyu on twitter and instagram // The Memphis Youth on Facebook
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