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We connect young people to progressive campaigns...

We believe you're never too young to start standing up for what you believe in. Too often the skills and power of young people are discounted, and we're here to support you as you start your path as an advocate for change.

We are a civic engagement startup...

focused on organizing young people around progressive electoral campaigns. The three most important resources on a campaign are time, money, and people. We help campaigns and organizations mobilize young people to elect progressives at the local, state, and federal level.

We strive to organize and mobilize people...

ages 18-25 to achieve electoral victories for candidates who will advance policies that improve our communities. Our goal is to aggregate and promote training, volunteer, and campaign opportunities, and re-design the experience of being a young person who wants to make a difference in our elections.

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WHAT WE DO

Who We Are:

Blue Future is a youth-led civic engagement startup focused on organizing young people around progressive electoral campaigns. The three most important resources on a campaign are time, money, and people. We help campaigns and organizations mobilize young people to elect progressives at the local, state, and federal level.

What Makes Us Different?

We reach young people who aren’t already involved in politics, yet want to make a difference in 2018, while also supporting young activists in key districts across the country. Most youth engagement groups do non-partisan voter registration and mobilization—and more of this important work needs to be done. Very few youth organizations do coordinated PAC work.

As a result, national progressive groups that run PACs have trouble aligning their program and coordinating with youth-led groups, since they don’t exist. Blue Future, and its parent organization, the Youth Progressive Action Catalyst, are the only youth-led political organizations connecting young people directly to progressive candidates & campaigns.

Blue Future was started to expand the underutilized energy of young people. There are too many barriers to entry for young folks to become politically engaged. Our goal is to aggregate and promote training, volunteer, and campaign opportunities, and re-design the experience of being a young person who wants to make a difference in our elections. By combining innovative digital outreach with effective organizing tactics, we strive to mobilize people ages 18-25 to achieve electoral victories for candidates who will advance policies that improve our communities.

Our Vision:

We believe progressive ideals will ensure the future young people deserve. Young people are the leaders of today and tomorrow and Blue Future aims to develop and sustain a pipeline for young progressive leaders. Through our efforts, we will help progressive campaigns win at the local, state, and federal level. It is up to young people to create a future that centers the needs of marginalized communities, and that future starts now.

Our Mission:

To continuously engage, mobilize, and connect young people to progressive electoral campaigns, equipping them with the tools, skills, and network to be effective volunteers, organizers, and public servants.

THE TEAM

Shadi Nasab, Events Lead

Shadi co-leads our fundraising & networking events to raise awareness and build community around the Blue Future brand. She is a British-American-Persian in her sophomore year at American University. She grew up in the swing state of Colorado, and as a result, Shadi's interest in politics grew after she worked on a national congressional campaign in high school. Now in DC, Shadi has served on the executive board of the AU College Democrats for the past year and has campaigned for Hillary Clinton in 2016 and down-ballot elections in 2017.

Outside of her love for domestic and international politics, Shadi loves the month of December (Sagittarius season and holidays!), eating french fries, and introducing people to boba

Morgan Stahr, Campus Organizing Lead

Morgan works on developing our campus outreach program. She is a senior at American University and originally from a small town in Pennsylvania. Back home, she was able to see firsthand the importance of local politics and community organizing. During her time in DC, she has served as President of College Democrats at AU and worked with the DNC to help elect progressives in surrounding states. Most recently, she campaigned for Hillary Clinton and Katie McGinty in 2016.

When Morgan has time to relax, you can probably find her exploring a new museum, practicing her Chinese skills, and encouraging friends to vote.

Sydney Hibbs, Digital Lead

Sydney manages our social media presence across Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and leads our Digital Organizing internship program. She is a recent New York University graduate and in college, Sydney was a field organizer for the Hillary Clinton Campaign and an OFA Fellow. Her digital career started as a digital intern on the Kamala Harris for Senate Campaign. She currently works at Bully Pulpit Interactive, a digital marketing and advertising agency in Washington, DC.

In her spare time, Sydney likes to be outdoors- especially at the beach.

Nick Guthman, Executive Director

Nick serves as the Executive Director of Blue Future + the Youth Progressive Action Catalyst. He manages the full development of the organization through fundraising, partnerships, campus organizing, training, digital and social media. For the past five years, he has worked on local and national electoral races, as well as issue advocacy campaigns surrounding health care & tax fairness. Nick focusses his energy on coordinated electoral youth outreach and engagement, rapid response field activities, and social media organizing.

Nick loves pasta, tacos, dogs, and his home state of California—in that order.

Devontae Torriente, Training Lead

Devontae leads our 2019 strategy efforts focused on small dollar fundraising and a training program that prepares our generation to work on progressive electoral campaigns. While at American University, he served as student body president and used his role to center progressive values and uplift the voices of marginalized folks in our communities both on and off campus. He’s interned for various progressive organizations during his time in college and is a DC chapter leader of Million Hoodies Movement for Justice, a human rights organization with the goal of ending anti-black racism.

Devontae is a Sagittarius and also believes we are forever indebted to Shonda Rhimes for creating Scandal.

Andrea Haverdink, Design Lead

Andrea leads our design and creative efforts to substantiate our online presence and drive people to take offline action. She grew up in rural Michigan and (improbably) found her passion in both art and progressive politics. She works as a Associate Producer for Mike Lux Media.

Andrea spends a lot of time concerning herself with the aesthetics of politics, but when she’s not, she is mostly concerning herself with the aesthetics of her Instagram account.

Ben Davis, Campus Organizing Lead

Ben strategizes on how Blue Future can best reach and organize college campuses. A native of Kansas City, Ben has been based has been based out of Washington DC since 2015, where he is a full time student in his junior year at American University. Ben began organizing in 2012, joining the field team for Barack Obama’s reelection bid. Since then, Ben has worked the field in local, state, and national races. In 2016, Ben worked full time for the Democratic Party of Virginia as an Organizer on the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign.

Outside of progressive activism, Ben enjoys watching baseball, listening to podcasts, and playing ultimate frisbee.

Amy Chin-Lai, Data Lead

Amy advises Blue Future on data management and integration with the Action Network, the volunteer recruitment software we offer to student groups. Originally from Texas, she got involved in politics after proclaiming her love for Hillary Clinton in third grade. Amy is finishing up her senior year at American University, where she studies political communication and Arabic. Amy is currently focused on building the progressive movement with technology.

When she’s not criticizing DC’s sad excuse for Mexican food, Amy enjoys yoga and obsessing over her dog, Skippy.

Our Team is led by students and recent graduates who are part of a new generation powering a wave of grassroots progressive energy. By turning our energy into political action and electoral wins, Blue Future empowers young people (like us) to amplify our political voices.

Created by young people, for young people, Blue Future aims to build a generation of progressive political leaders.

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