Session Type(s): Training
Training Tag(s): Grassroots Organizing/Campaigns
Starts: Saturday, Oct. 9 3:45 PM (Eastern)
Ends: Saturday, Oct. 9 4:45 PM (Eastern)
Young people in the state of Georgia, especially young Black people, saved democracy in ’20 and ’21. They turned out to vote in an extremely politicized environment, and in the midst of ongoing global pandemic and racial justice uprisings. How do you recruit, train, and deepen relationships with youth to move them from registered voters, to activists? This training will explore ways to actively recruit and develop young people and the role that relational organizing plays in reaching Millennials, Gen Z, and Gen Alpha.
Mishara Davis (she/her) grew up in Georgia where her passion for social justice began as an organizer with the NAACP in 2007. She continued her advocacy in Detroit and later served as a Precinct Delegate for two years representing voters with enthusiasm and transparency. In 2016, Mishara organized voters in New Hampshire and Mississippi during the presidential primaries which further molded her interest in integrated voter engagement.
For the last five years, Mishara worked and lived in Washington, D.C. advocating for political power building in BIPOC communities across the country through civic engagement, strategic data management, and relational organizing with State Voices. She now resides in Georgia and approaches the work at Women Engaged using a racial and gender equity lens as the Vice President of Political & Civic Engagement.
Mishara graduated from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor with a B.A. in Political Science and Urban Planning in 2015 and is completing her MPA at Indiana University O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Mishara is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and leads the political action efforts for her chapter.
Michelle (they/them/she) is a Black, queer woman born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri (KCMO). They have worked in social justice, community engagement, and politics for over 14 years. They started their journey as a teenager as the first Black woman appointed Chairman of the KCMO Youth Commission, where they led a team of young people who created policy recommendations for the city government. They went on to study political science in Little Rock, Arkansas at Philander Smith College.
They were a founding member of the first Gay-Straight Alliance at a Historically Black institution in Arkansas. Afterward, they worked in the Social Justice Institute at Philander Smith College managing programs and events in social justice education for the campus and community at large. Michelle worked closely with the Human Rights Campaign to advance rights and visibility for Black LGBTQ+ folks. While in Arkansas, they were appointed to the Arkansas Coalition for Juvenile Justice, where they served to inform policy pertaining to incarcerated young people. Michelle was also a board member of Women Lead Arkansas, an organization geared toward the inclusiveness of women in political engagement.
Michelle is now a resident in Atlanta, GA, and is set to receive their Masters in Political Science from Clark Atlanta University. Currently, they serve as a 2021 Reproductive Health Rights, and Justice Fellow with the Rockwood Leadership Institute to deepen their commitment to movement and leadership development. They are excited to bring together their passions and education to fulfill the mission and vision of Women Engaged. In their free time, Michelle enjoys crochet, playing/streaming video games, and connecting with loved ones.