As the Youth Vote Director for OFA here in Minnesota, it’s my job to help students across the state organize and turn out voters in November. One of the best parts of this job is traveling to campuses around Minnesota to work with students as they build teams to help re-elect President Obama. Recently I spent an evening in Northfield with Minneapolis Mayor RT Rybak to meet with the St. Olaf Democrats and then across town for the Carleton for Obama campus kickoff.
Both campuses delivered! In just one night, we were able to engage almost 100 students, many of whom hadn’t been active with the Students for Obama team on their campus. Mayor Rybak got students pumped up, and students had a chance to ask him questions about the campaign. It was exciting to see how the campus teams stepped up and took ownership over recruiting for the events. The campus teams are in a great place to move forward, start recruiting new members, and building their lists before summer vacation.
This was a great way to kick off the last month of college organizing. April is going to be full of campus events, with the marquee event being the youth summit on April 14th. The Obama campaign has held youth summits in states across the country, and we’re up next! We’re going to bring hundreds of students together from several colleges to hear from great speakers, meet each other, learn more about the campaign, and launch their own campus plan for the two-week campus takeover at the end of April. Students can RSVP here.
We'll have more information in the next few days, so stay tuned. We have teams up and running at campuses across the state, but if your campus doesn’t have a team, yet, start one! Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or give me a call at 612-412-6911.