Civic Engagement

We all benefit when every Brooklynite has a voice in their community and feels empowered to champion collective action

A man standing in front of a group of people.
Community classes at Mixteca in Sunset Park
2017 Spark Prize Winners Make the Road New York
Community members take part in Brooklyn Org's Listening Tour
8%

Voter turnout of people aged 18-29 across NYC in the last primary election

16

City Council Members represent Brooklyn, more than any borough

38.7%

of eligible Brooklyn voters cast ballots in the 2022 general election

Our Approach

Our nation’s long history of suppressing people of color’s representation in our democracy is reflected in today’s low civic engagement in elections, community boards, and understanding of how decisions are made and what power we have. We work with nonprofits that mobilize all Brooklynites to create our borough’s bright future together as a community, through voter registration, organizing for policy reform, and local leadership initiatives. We strive to build a Brooklyn where everyone knows that their voice is heard and change is within reach.

Nonprofit Resources

Brooklyn Org provides holistic support and resources to nonprofits across the borough, from funding to capacity building and more.

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Who We Back

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Two young women wearing feather boas smile, posing with a sign that says "Future Voter." They're standing in front of a banner that reads "YVOTE 2023 Changemakers"
Young organizers involved with YVote. Image courtesy of YVote.
Young people run the risk of leaving their collective power on the table when they choose not to engage in the political process. Sanda Balaban
Co-Founder and Director, YVote