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Florida Student PIRGs

County: Lee
Categories Computer/Technology
FGCU Campus
Marketing/PR/Event Planning
Details: The student PIRGs are independent state-based student organizations that work to solve public interest problems related to the environment, consumer protection, and government reform. For 30 years, students who were involved with their PIRG campus chapter have had a chance to face up to society''s big problems, take action, and win concrete changes that improve the quality of our lives. We are currently active on over 100 campuses throughout the country, with thousands of students actively participating in our programs each year. Florida Student PIRG is our state based student PIRG.
Job Description: New Voters Project in Fort Myers - The New Voters project is a nonpartisan effort to register young people and get them to the polls on Election Day. Since launching the New Voters Project in late 2003, we have been doing this work for two reasons. First, we believe democracy is strongest when citizens participate, and for too long, young people haven''t been full participants. Second, we believe the best way to get political leaders to pay attention to young people and their issues is to demonstrate that young people are a viable constituency that can be mobilized using tried and true techniques. The Student PIRGs have been pioneers in youth voter registration and mobilization efforts. In 1983, the PIRGs launched the National Student Campaign for Voter Registration, the nation''s first major youth mobilization effort since 18 years olds received the franchise in 1972. The Student PIRGs then used the expertise gained through this, and other efforts, to launch the New Voters Project, which has registered more than 600,000 young voters and made 650,000 GOTV contacts since our launch in 2003. New Voters Project uses proven techniques to increase registration and voter turnout on college campuses. Students receive guidance from a professional organizer who assists them in planning and implementing their campaign. Students can elect to volunteer for an event, or better yet, take on a leadership role with the campaign, coordinating various aspects of the effort including: voter registration, mobilization, event planning, media/public relations, web organizing, and coalition building. Students will be able to develop the skills necessary to effectively run a grassroots campaign on any issue they are concerned about.
Times of Work: Weekdays daytime, Weekends daytime, Weekdays evenings, Weekends evenings
Primary Contact: Mr RJ Raley
926 E. Park Ave.
Tallahassee, FL 32301
Phone: 505-459-2807
Worker's Comp for Volunteers?: N
Additional Information: Students are able to be part of a state wide effort led by fellow students to register thousands of their peers on campuses throughout Florida. Students are able to receive training from our professional staff, developing skills to help them become active and engaged citizens - including how to run an effective meeting, event planning, leadership development, working with the media, and time management.

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