Los Angeles-area college students gathered in Boyle Heights on Thursday to mobilize and engage millennials to vote on Nov. 8.
The students were part of YVote, a nonprofit community alliance composed of 16 different organizations. YVote hopes to strengthen California's future by increasing the impact of young voters and ensuring that the demographics of those who vote reflect those of California.
YVote has helped over 15,000 young adults register to vote in California, including over 5,000 in Southern California. According to the Public Policy Institute of California, adults aged 18 to 34 make up 33 percent of the population but only 18 percent of likely voters.
Members of the organization are continuing to reach out to registered voters and encouraging them to turn out to vote on Election Day.
"We believe that if there's more investment and more outreach to those young voters, there's more reason for them to want to participate," said Mynor Godoy, a senior associate at the Movement Strategy Center and a YVote volunteer.
YVote hopes to reach 150,000potential young voters before Election Day. Instead of calling landlines, volunteers have been texting voters, as well as reaching them on social media. They have even received responses from voters at polling places asking what they need to do next.
"This is an example of what's possible that you couldn't do if your primary communication was a landline," YVote director Luis Sanchez said.
Though the election is less than a week away, YVote plans to continue its work long after Nov. 8. The group will continue its efforts by pre-registering 16 and 17-year-olds as well as encouraging eligible voters to vote in spring school board elections.
News Editor Madeline Ottilie contributed to this report.