Press release written for #VoteThatJawn, client of PRowl Public Relations, in Sept. 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
#VOTETHATJAWN KICKOFF TO BE HELD TO PREPARE YOUNG PEOPLE FOR MIDTERM ELECTIONS
PHILADELPHIA – Sept. 18, 2018 –Young Philadelphians are invited to participate in #VoteThatJawn, a nonpartisan, city-wide campaign kickoff event to spark inspiration for youth to become involved in this year’s midterm elections. Kick-starting its two-week initiative, the event will take place at WHYY Hamilton Commons, 150 N 6th Street from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 22 where attendees will learn about the importance of voting and how they can get registered through artistic performances and team engagement. Powered by Safe Kids Stories, it encourages 18 to 21-year-olds and first-time voters to attend.
The day will feature talent by local artists including a rap about voting by local music duo and more. The highlight of the day is participants working in teams to come up with the best strategy to get as many people registered and to the polls as possible. Advertising specialists will be there assisting teams and suggesting strategies and tactics. The idea is for each team to register the greatest number of people and get them to the polls. These groups have dedicated their time to partake in this inclusive gathering kicking off a two-week voter registration campaign through the Pennsylvania deadline, Oct. 9.
“Showing people the power of their voices goes such a long way,” said #VoteThatJawn youth steering committee member and Temple University student Cyé Jacobs.
The results of the midterm elections have the potential to swing both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate in favor of a Democratic majority, illustrating to 20,000 young adults in Philadelphia their votes could carry a generational impact.
Safe Kids Stories was created by social activist and University of Pennsylvania educator, Lorene Cary. The crowd-sourced project involves K-12 student, college students and professionals to empower young people to combat violence from systemic issues in their own communities. The Safe Kids Stories website is a space for these contributors to explore others’ personal stories and share cultural knowledge. Safe Kids Stories will continue advancing the goals of #VoteThatJawn long after the midterm elections in hopes of making Philadelphia the country’s leader in youth voter engagement.
Safe Kids Stories celebrates the power of young people and those who care for them to tell their stories. All are welcome to send stories and interact with the virtual movement for the peace and protection of children and urban communities. Visit SafeKidsStories.com and on Twitter and Instagram @SafeKidsStories.