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2. How can I make a donation?

Online: use the secure, online form.

By Phone: Call (202) 659-4929

By Mail: send a check made out to " National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, Inc." and mail it to: 1050 Connecticut Avenue, NW 10th Floor - Suite #1000 Washington, DC 20036

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Complete this online form indicating your volunteer preferences. The NCBCP Volunteer Coordinator will contact you with opportunities that match your preferences.

4. What types of volunteers are needed?

Program support, administrative support, and community service.

5. What are the current programs and initiatives?

Black Youth Vote, Black Women’s Roundtable, Voices of the Electorate, Unity Civic Engagement and Voter Empowerment Campaign, Operation Big Vote Training Academy.

6. How can I feature a community story on the website?

Send an email with your desired story to info@ncbcp.org

FAQ About Black Youth Vote!

1. What is Black Youth Vote?

Black Youth Vote! is a coalition of organizations committed to increasing the political and civic engagement of Black youth under the age of 35. It is the youth program for the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation which is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to increasing African American participation in civil society. I’m proud to announce that Black Youth Vote! was recently profiled in the Feb 2005 Black Enterprise Magazine.

BYV identifies campus and community-based youth focused organizations and engages their youth leaders on the effects of the political and civic process. BYV! seeks to educate our youth on connection between voting and public policy affecting their lives and future opportunities.

We develop tactics to increase youth civic engagement including civic and issue education, voter registration, message development, voter mobilization, voter protection and accountability.

2. How long has the organization existed?

The organization is 14 years old. It was founded in 1996 by members of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation.

3. Who’s involved in the organization? What ages?

The age range is 18 to 35

4. How many youth are involved, in how many states? Are there chapters?

We have actual chapters in 9 states. Because it’s a coalition, during an election year the number increases as we partner with labor, community and other organizations.

5. What did BYV! do to get young voters to the polls in 08?

NCBCP’s Black Youth Vote! held a Justice Speak Out Tour featuring BET’s Jeff Johnson. The town-hall type event allowed young people at HBCU’s to address issues that impact them.

The 2004 Presidential Election was a shining moment for the youth organization. Over 4.6 million more young people voted in 2004 over 2000 thanks to the work of BYV and partners BET, P-Diddy’s VOTE OR DIE Citizen Change Project, NULYP, Tom Joyner, National Pan-Hellenic Council and Russell Simmons’, Hip-Hop Summit Action Network.

BYV! activists will register new voters, conduct voter education forums, and help mobilize voters during early vote and on Election Day, on campuses and in communities across the country.

Black Youth Vote! will also conduct a special voter protection and get-out-the-vote effort targeting first time student voters on HBCU’s.

Our partners are a very important part of achieving our goals. For instance, BYV! partnered with BET for the Black College Tour and with UniverSoul Circus to register new voters. Our radio partner is American Urban Radio Networks which has the Russ Parr morning show. We are also partnered with the fraternities and sororities, which has a major impact on the campuses and with young professionals.

6. What do you say to media reports that Black youth did not turn out in ’04?

I don’t know what election they were covering, but I was out there on the ground and I can assure you, the turnout was phenomenal. You didn’t need a newspaper. You only needed to look at the lines and see the young folks waiting hours to vote. BYV! coordinators across the country were calling each other, shocked at the overwhelming turnout. We knew it was going to be big – especially during early registration – but we had no idea the turnout would be that great. While we were still registering voters people would call us panicking because they hadn’t gotten their registration card. They wanted to make sure they’d be a part of history.

Now if you’re looking for actual reports, the University of Maryland’s CIRCLE program reports that, “Over 4.6 million more young people voted on November 2, more than had been witnessed in at least a decade. At least 20.9 million Americans under the age of 30 voted in 2004 and the turnout among these voters rose from 42.3 % to 51.6 %. This represents a sharp rise of 9.3 percentage points which is the highest youth turnout in more than a decade, 4 percentage points higher than the previous peak year of 1992.”

The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation is a nonprofit, nonpartisan coalition of over 80 organizations dedicated to increasing African American participation in civil society. Through educational programs and leadership training, the Coalition works to expand, strengthen, and empower African American communities to make voting and civic participation a cultural responsibility and tradition.

The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation is a nonprofit, nonpartisan coalition of over 80 organizations dedicated to increasing African American participation in civil society. Through educational programs and leadership training, the Coalition works to expand, strengthen, and empower African American communities to make voting and civic participation a cultural responsibility and tradition.

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