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Black Youth Vote! (BYV!) is the youth and young adults civic leadership development and organizing arm of The National Coalition. The BYV! Vote4Justice Organizing Initiative’s goal is to continue its legacy of engaging Black youth in civic engagement, issue organizing, voter empowerment and voter protection. BYV!’s priority is to CONNECT protest to public policy through the power of the vote.
When BYV began in 1996, voter turnout for young people was extremely low averaging 17 – 34 percent. However, over the past decade Black youth have led youth voter turnout in presidential election years, voting at 45 percent in 2012. BYV! is one of the leading youth led movements focused on training a new generation of Black civic leaders, elected officials, advocates, activists and organizers. BYV!’s priority is to connect protest to public policy through the power of the vote.