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Jazmin Kay

Storyteller + Activist

Washington, D.C. and New York

Jazmin Kay

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Voting for the first time? Here’s everything you need to know

Over the last four years, 15 million young people have become eligible to vote in the US and they can determine the result of the 2020 election. While November 3 is still a few weeks out, the 2020 presidential election is already well underway in the US. More than 22 million Americans have cast their ballots early, shattering voting records.
VICE/i-D Link to Story
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First-time Voters Could Shape This Election

Jazmin Kay, Executive Director of 18by.vote breaks down the power of Gen-Z and how they need to get involved. Saying a lot has changed since 2016 is an understatement. As all of this has occurred, many young people across the country, who have been watching this unfold and impact their lives, were reaching voting age and becoming new eligible voters.
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Young, Rural, and Racialized: Reaching the Most Underserved Young Voters

The coronavirus pandemic has illuminated the cracks in our voting systems. Significant limitations on in-person activities have led to an increased reliance on digital get-out-the-vote efforts, online voter registration and mobilization tools, and digital voter resources and information. While many would assume that digitally native young people would be well situated for this COVID-19 imposed shift, the existence of digital tools alone will not automatically increase youth voter turnout unless coupled with accessible information and outreach. In 2018, CIRCLE found that only 10% of young people surveyed used online voter registration tools, and just 5% utilized text reminders to vote.
CIRCLE - Tufts University Link to Story
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Decolonize the classroom: These teens want to dismantle America's racist history curriculum

Ritika Sharma is a 17-year-old student attending Denmark High School in Forsyth County, Georgia. As social media became a rallying and organizing outlet for thousands of students in the wake of the police killing of George Floyd, Sharma began sharing information on her personal Instagram about the racist past of her home county and the need to reform Georgia Studies, a mandatory eighth grade course across the state, to reflect this history. Soon after, in response to her posts, an Instagram account called “educationforequalityusa” sent her a direct message encouraging her to start a petition demanding changes to her school’s curriculum.
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How the pandemic suppressed student voters in primary elections

Many young people were forced to leave university and returned home to missing absentee ballots, bureaucratic hurdles and long lines, making it nearly impossible to vote. Young people hold a significant amount of electoral power in the US. Yet, they vote at lower rates than older generations, with only 22 percent of 18 to 24-year-olds voting in the most recent midterm election.
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With Covid-19, We Need to Rethink the Youth Vote

Despite being the largest, most diverse generation in history and a projected 37 percent of the 2020 electorate, young people could have disproportionately low voter turnout in the coming election.
The Nation Link to Story
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6 ways to stay civically and politically engaged during a pandemic

COVID-19 has impacted almost every aspect of young people’s lives from attending school and socializing, to financial stability and more. While the future appears unclear, we should not become complacent in advocating for the issues that matter to us as the novel coronavirus continues to illuminate failures in our political systems in regards to health care, family leave, economic and food justice, just to name a few.
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young people are protesting, but they need to vote

These youth-led organizations are hoping they can inspire their peers to hit the polls. Last month, the Global Youth Climate Strike made history as nearly 4 million protestors took to the streets, making it the largest climate strike ever. Young people of all ages skipped school and raised their voices to demand action from their government, corporations, and other entities who have not stepped up to address the climate crisis.
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7 ways you can help combat the climate crisis following the global strike

So you went to the strike, now what? Here's how you can keep fighting for climate justice. Last Friday, millions of young people around the world made history as they took part in the global Youth Climate Strike. While the crowd sizes are still being determined, it is estimated nearly 4 million people in over 150 countries participated in the strikes, making it likely the largest climate strike ever.
VICE / i-D Link to Story
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Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan Inauguration

Shot, edited and produced inauguration video for the Office of the Ulster County Executive.
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Speaker Pelosi Names Members of the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis

Speaker Pelosi Names Members of the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis. The climate crisis is the existential threat of our time. That is why today, Speaker Pelosi named Democratic Members to serve on the new House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis who will be bold leaders in addressing this threat to our public health, economy, national security, and the whole of God’s creation.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi Link to Story
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Speaker Pelosi Sends Letter to President Trump on the State of the Union Address

Speaker Pelosi Sends Letter to President Trump on the State of the Union Address. Throughout the Trump Shutdown, now 33 days in, Democrats have repeatedly voted to re-open government so that federal workers can pay their bills, government services will be available to the American people, and the nation’s economy will not be damaged further.
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About

Jazmin Kay

Originally from New York, Jazmin Kay is an alumni of at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C, where she graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in Political Science with special honors. She is Executive Director of 18by.vote, a non-profit organization which aims to help teen voters understand how to vote, when to vote and why to vote. Jazmin’s writing, personal essays, and interviews have been published at The Huffington Post, MTV, Seventeen Magazine, VICE, i-D, Rookie Magazine, Teen Vogue, Fast Company, The Nation, The Obama White House, the U.S. Department of State, in addition to numerous other publications she writes for. She is a contributor to “The Youth Organizing Guide to the Midterm Elections” by Teen Vogue.

Jazmin served at The White House during the final months of the Obama administration as an intern in the Office of Digital Strategy. As a White House intern, she authored content and social engagement for the White House and other administration officials in addition to helping implement digital legacy content. Jazmin is the former National Press Secretary for College Democrats of America where she represented the voices of 100,000 College Democrats and is the former President of GW College Democrats, the largest, most active chapter in the nation.

Jazmin is the former Voting Rights and Civic Engagement Reporter at Generation Progress at The Center for American Progress. As a creative writer and poet, her work has been nationally acclaimed. Jazmin was recently named the one of HerCampus.com's "22 Under 22 Most Inspiring College Women" and a New York Women in Communications (NYWICI) scholarship recipient for demonstrated notable accomplishment as a writer inside and outside of the academic environment, and is a proud member of the 2017-2018 Scholarship Class. Jazmin was recently seen live on the TODAY Show on NBC as the scholarship spokesperson for NYWICI and honored at the 2017 Matrix Awards. She has also been honored at Carnegie Hall as a 2015 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards National Medalist for Poetry. She also served as the 2015-2016 NCAM Youth Ambassador for Washington DC through Youth Service America, inspiring local youth to take action.

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jazminlilykay@gmail.com

Skills

  • Writing
  • Blogging
  • Editing
  • Nonprofits
  • Social Media
  • Online Journalism
  • Adobe InDesign
  • Microsoft Office
  • Digital Content
  • Political Communications
  • Political Organizing
  • Research
  • Political Strategy
  • Data Journalism
  • HTML
  • Analytics
  • Impact Strategy