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Jolt Initiative joins National Voter Registration Day

The non-profit participates in a nationwide movement Tuesday, Sept. 19

Austin, TX  – Jolt Initiative is taking part in National Voter Registration Day on Tuesday,
Sept. 19. This is the nation’s biggest nonpartisan civic holiday dedicated to getting as
many Tejanos and Americans registered to vote for the November elections. Jolt joints this
nationwide democracy blitz to create broad awareness of voter registration opportunities
through in-person events, as well as digital and traditional media outreach. Reasons why
the effort is important:

  • Every year, millions of Americans find themselves unable to vote because they miss
    a registration deadline, don’t update their registration, or aren’t sure how to
    register. National Voter Registration Day seeks to make sure Americans have the
    opportunity to make sure they’re registered to vote before their next election.
  • National Voter Registration Day aims to make sure no one who wants to cast a
    ballot misses the opportunity due to an easily fixed registration problem.
  • Jolt’s approach is based on site and crowd canvassing to reach the target audience
    of young Latino voters ages 18 – 34 years of age in targeted areas within each
    county using the 2020 census map and college campuses in these counties.
  • Jolt hired 11 canvassers to help with voter registration for the Nov. 7 elections.
  • With 40.2% of Texas now identifying as Hispanic, each vote makes a difference
    when it comes to this group having its voice heard.
  • GenZ in Texas is a large segment of the population and they are ignited by issues
    and advocacy. Abortion is also the top voting issue for GenZ.

Jolt Initiative to hold statewide Latina Leadership virtual event

Young Latina leadership virtual training across the state Sat. July 29

Austin, TX – Jolt Initiative gears up for the nonprofit organization’s Arriba Las Mujeres
Leadership Program to offer free virtual training events for participating young Latinas on
Saturday, July 29 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and wraps up with an in-person Networking
Session in Dallas, Houston and San Antonio on Saturday, August 5 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Jolt
offices. Jolt Initiative invests in empowering women to harness their creativity and
motivational skills to become powerful leaders in their communities.
“In one year, Texas’ Latino population will not only be the largest underrepresented group
by numbers, but also in its ability to influence jobs sectors in the largest metropolitan
communities,” said Diana Maldonado, Interim Executive Director at Jolt Initiative. “And
Latina women are at the forefront of that change with more of them graduating with
associate degrees from community colleges and baccalaureate degrees in high-demand
fields such as manufacturing, technology, nursing, and biosciences. At our events, we want
our young Latinas to network with each other and build the confidence needed to be
prepared for negotiating job salaries and take on board and leadership roles that will
shape the future of our state.”
The virtual professional development and leadership program is open to young Latina
women and people who self-identify as women, preferably between 16-26 years old, in our
major Texas cities. The goal for Arriba Las Mujeres is to give young women the opportunity
to engage with the five core issues of Jolt Initiative’s advocacy: Democracy for all,
immigration, jobs/economy, healthcare, and climate issues.
“At the end of the program, all participants will have the opportunity to meet and network
with influential Latina leaders across the state that are working directly on issues
impacting the Latino community,” said Maria Tolentino, Director of Programs at Jolt
Interested young Latina adults can sign up for each of the free training events online
before July 27 at Sessions will be held virtually.

To arrange an interview about this event, contact the Communications Team at

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