The Washington Bus is a statewide movement building organization that increases political access and participation for young people across Washington State, and develops the next generation of young leaders. The Bus meets young people where they are, and mobilizes them to build a more progressive and representative Washington State. We run large voter registration drives, educate and mobilize our peers on critical issues, and train the next generation of leaders.
We fulfill our mission through three core beliefs - people, participation, and policy:
We believe in people. The Bus engages tomorrow’s leaders on their own terms, and empowers them through education, civic and cultural engagement, and hands-on democracy, and works to put the young people most often excluded from the political process at its center. We focus our resources on supporting leadership of young people from underrepresented communities: communities of color, young women, LGBTQ youth, working class youth, and first-generation students. Whether as first-time volunteers, new voters, effective legislators, or anywhere in between, the Bus invests in providing opportunities to develop the skills and opportunities of young people.
We believe in participation. The Bus works to ensure that all young Washingtonians actively engage in the civic life of our state, and our democratic process is accessible to all. That means that all eligible Washingtonians should be registered to vote, informed on the issues, and turn in their ballots. Further, the Bus believes that young people statewide should have year-round opportunities to learn about, and be effective actors within, the public decision-making process that affects them.
We believe in policy. The Bus sees legislation and policy work as both an opportunity for young people to learn the inner workings of government, and a necessary step in moving Washington forward. As a youth-driven organization, we’re here to champion the issues most critical to young people, and make sure our democracy is working for them. We put boots on the ground to pass initiatives, organize our community, and get out the vote for the biggest issues of our time. We have worked on everything from marriage equality, to increasing funding for transit, to fighting discriminatory anti-transgender legislation, to passing sensible gun legislation, to campaign finance reform, to ensuring Seattle continues to prioritize affordable housing and services for families at risk of becoming homeless.
Anyone interested in volunteering with us should contact our Field and Outreach Coordinator Lily Clifton at email@example.com about upcoming opportunities, as well as follow us on Facebook for ongoing updates. There's always a you-sized spot on the Bus!