Founded in 2006 by a small crew of young college graduates, New Era Colorado Foundation has grown to become the leading voice for young people in politics around the state. We bring young people into the democratic process by the tens of thousands, whether it’s through our innovative voter registration programs or the advocacy work we’ve done to bring online voter registration and 16- and 17-year-old preregistration to Colorado.

We’re nonpartisan. We’re homegrown. And we’re all about empowering our generation to move Colorado forward through peer-to-peer outreach.

Our voter registration and turnout programs consistently achieve one of the highest voter turnout rates of voter registration drives across the country; our leadership development programs train the next generation of leaders for our state; programs like Candidate Survivor and Trick-or-Vote bring young voters out of the woodwork; and our advocacy work mobilizes young people to tackle election access, climate change and economic justice.

New Era’s programs have been featured in publications such as the New York Times, Time Magazine, CBS News with Katie Couric, the Nation Magazine, and the Huffington Post.

We do it all, with one constant: combining fun and politics. And, yes, it’s often on a bus. So go ahead, get on the Bus!

And now for the Official Mission Statement (yawn): New Era Colorado Foundation is a multi-issue organization committed to engaging, educating, and training a new generation of active citizens and young leaders in Colorado. We are a full-spectrum civic engagement organization; we provide the resources and tools for young people to gain collective power in all levels of the democratic process, including issue organizing, electoral mobilization, and the legislative process.

To find out about the New Era crew, check out our staff, board, interns, volunteers, and our lovely partners at the Bus Federation.

And now for the legal mumbo jumbo: New Era Colorado Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. It is affiliated with, but should not be confused with New Era Colorado Action Fund, a 501(c)4 nonprofit organization. They’re good people too. Good, glad we got that cleared up.