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Wenited is the only progressive Ohio based not-for-profit organization dedicated to engaging millennials in their communities around issues they care about.

Over the past decade, the mentality and habits of young people have changed from how they donate, what political affiliations they hold to how they view government. Since the election of Barack Obama, few organizations have been able to activate young people the way he has with his message of hope and change. We studied his success carefully and read through many research papers and we believe we have a great strategy to energize young people again, the way he did.

Many organizations enact plans to engage this generation but are misguided about their approach. They fail to understand that this generation is different like no other that has come before. If we want to truly get young people to be more involved in their communities and the political process we must check the organizational ego at the door. Millennials care about causes, not institutions, they rely heavily on the views and opinions of their peers and what they say often contradicts what they do. These are just a few things to take into consideration.

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What is Wenited?

Wenited is the only progressive Ohio based not-for-profit organization dedicated to engaging millennials in their communities around issues they care about.

Over the past decade, the mentality and habits of young people have changed from how they donate, what political affiliations hey hold to how they view government. Since the election of Barack Obama, few organizations have been able to activate young people the way he has with his message of hope and change. We studied his success carefully and read through many research papers and we believe we have a great strategy to energize young people again, the way he did.

Many organizations enact plans to engage this generation but are misguided about their approach. They fail to understand that this generation is different like no other that have come before. If we want to truly get young people to be more involved in their communities and the political process we must check the organizational ego at the door. Millennials care about causes, not institutions, they rely heavily on the views and opinions of their peers and what they say often contradicts what they do. These are just a few things to take into consideration.

Are Millennials Really That Important?

The most significant changes to our world are going on as we speak and will continue as millennials become our future leaders. Born between 1982 and 1993, there are over 80 million of them, which is larger than any other generation. They have been affected by the events of September 11th, the housing bust and the financial meltdown and have survived but with debt, student loans and no jobs. Millennials are tech savvy, diverse, connected and are activists for personal rights such as gay marriage and healthcare. While some consider them narcissistic and entitled, the reality is that they want to make a difference, have a positive effect on our lives and push business forward not back. Millennials are having a positive impact on our culture, workplace and government and we should recognize them for their efforts and support them so they are able to help revive the economy and build a better world.

Our Approach.

We view voting to be a by-product of civic engagement rather than the opposite– people vote because they care. People will care when they truly believe that they can change something, anything and have something at stake.

Our approach to civic engagement is to empower our millennial peers to develop their own strategies for change rather than assume goals for them. We provide them with digital organizing tools for offline action as well as mentoring, research, and financial resources that will assist them in initiating their own action plan for success for the change they envision.

This is designed to be a year-round effort aimed at increased civic participation resulting in an increased interest in voting. Nothing is more misguided than trying to “engage” people two weeks before the election.

Our Vision

We envision a world where millennials are active communities, feel that they can actually create change, where they feel their vote does matter.

Our Mission

Wenited’s mission is to provide programing and tools that empower millennials to express their voices, advance issues relevant to them and inspire them to create the change they want to see by engaging in their communities.

The Results.

We believe that if one is educated about a issue, they will be engaged, which will lead to them voting, then holding elected officials accountable. Certainly, the goal is to get more young people out to vote but we view voting to be in the middle of a cycle rather than a result. We see too many organizations focusing on “Get Out the Vote” a month prior to election but does nothing meaningful throughout the year to keep people interested, energized and educated.

We Need Your Support.

Our hopes of changing the way young people are engaged is just at the planning stages. To get Wenited launched we must raise $150,000 to support three full-time staff and development of our digital tool. Make this a reality.

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Contact Us.

  • omar@wenited.org
  • 614-980-8665
  • Columbus, Ohio