Why and How We Engage
In a democratic society, what is one of the best ways to make certain that you have a government that is representative of you and that will uphold and address your values and concerns? The answer? Voting. Voting is power, and it is your power. It is a right that every American citizen is entitled to and should be able to exercise.
As our population continues to grow vastly throughout the U.S., we want to guarantee that the Dominican-American community has a voice and that we play a vital role in the electoral process. It is on this notion that DUSA began its roots through civic engagement.
DUSA has educated, registered, and mobilized Dominican-Americans at unprecedented levels. Since our inception, we have registered more than 160,000 voters. This was made possible with our dedicated team of canvassers who specialize in creating connections through interpersonal conversations with everyone they come in contact with. Because they are rooted in the areas where they work, they are able to directly engage with our communities to register them to vote.
The Dominican Model
Together with Catalist, a leading analytics research firm, DUSA developed the first ever “Dominican Model”. With this statistical model, we are able to identify whether or not someone is of Dominican descent. This model and the work DUSA did with it was the basis for dozens of other ethnicity data models.
This data provides DUSA with a unique ability to connect our community with a network of social, legal, and financial service providers and links Dominicans in the U.S. with the tools and information they need to become fully active and integrated into the fabric of our country.
Our Young Voices
Today’s youth will be our future innovators and our future leaders. They have the ability to completely change the face and direction of this country. There is no denying that their presence and influence is strong, as they are growing up in the age where technology and social media are dominating the world.
Young Latinxs is the fastest growing youth population in the U.S. This is why DUSA has developed the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) and the Work, Learn and Grow program (WLG) as part of our civic engagement initiative in an effort to educate and develop the younger demographic.
Through these youth development programs, we employ participants as young as 14 years old and give them the skills to connect with people in their neighborhoods and register them to vote. Our programs are not exclusive to young Dominican-Americans, but they are well represented within the group.
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