A problem that is all too obvious to you may not even be on the radar of those who often may have the power/ability to help.
Day One urges you to "Live LOUD". Get involved in your community. Find a few friends to help you - it's often easier and more fun to do so! Let your school, city and other leaders know if you have a great idea to make your school/community a better place. Check out Day One's CURRENT CAMPAIGNS here, and a few steps on how to start your own.
Step 1 - REGISTER TO VOTE ! ! !
As soon as you're 18, register and vote every time. Your vote is your voice, and who represents you has a dramatic impact on the shape, layout, and feel of your community.
Step 2 - Contact your Elected Leaders!
Making a difference in your community can be as simple as speaking up. A simple phone call or email can get the ball rolling. If you live in the San Gabriel Valley, we've helped make that first step even easier by compiling a handy directory of contact information for all the cities and elected officials in our area.
Step 3 - Organize your friends!
Usually, change only happens when more than one person speaks up. Now's the time to engage friends, family, and other community members in your cause. There are lots of ways to do this, and there isn't a right or wrong way to go about doing it. The most important step is to just start! Here are a few ideas you can use to grow support for your cause, and highlight to City staff and local leaders that yours is an issue they should address:
- Develop a flyer, fact sheet, Powerpoint presentation, Facebook page, webpage or other tool to educate people about the issue and how to get involved! Don't worry if money is lacking, there are lots of free resources out there, including social media and free webpage sites like weebly.com
- Create a petition, endorsement form, and/or sample support letter to gather evidence of local support. If yours is a local City issue, you will want to focus on collecting signatures of residents of that city (i.e., folks who vote!). You can also create an online petition for free via website like www.change.org, but it's best to collect both physical and online signatures!
Step 4 - Meet and Present to your Elected Leaders!
Once you've built up some support for your issue, reach out to the leaders who have the power to make a difference and try to setup a meeting.
No luck? All public groups like cities and school districts are required by law to have regular meetings which are open to the public. ANYONE can attend these meetings and speak (or give "public comment") about issues they care about, even if they aren't on the official meeting agenda. (Not sure where to find meeting info? Try the official organization website and search for meeting agendas. Still no luck? Ask a friend/adult for help.)
All you need to do to speak at a School Board, City Council or other public meeting is to 1) find out when meetings are held (e.g., 2nd Tuesday, 6pm); 2) Show up, ideally with other supporters; 3) Fill out a speaker card and present your issue!
This is your chance to highlight all the support you've gathered by officially turning in the petition signatures and other forms of support you have collected.
Need Some Help?
Feel free to call or email Day One staff at 626-229-9750 or via email here