About Us

MAKING MOVES ACROSS COLORADO

New Era is the leading voice for young people in Colorado politics and one of the most effective youth civic engagement organizations in the country. We work alongside our peers to grow our generation’s power. We fight for a better Colorado for everyone, not just for a privileged few. Since day one, we’ve set out to bring our progressive and diverse generation into the political world—not to get in line and stick with the status quo, but to take charge and reshape our democracy to work better for everyone.

Our generation knows that our democracy is about people, not politics or parties (political parties, at least). Lifting up our communities, and fighting for progress, justice and equity must be our guiding principles. When we’re engaged together, we can accomplish anything—we can transform our state, our country, and our future.

Meet the team making it happen!

How we do it

Building power for our generation requires political engagement at every level: Registering voters, getting out the vote, passing progressive policy, and training new leaders. We do it all, we do it well, and we make it fun.

When young people show up at the polls, we’re demanding that our elected officials prioritize the issues that matter to us. When young people lead the fights on the issues impacting us the most, we pass policies that actually make a difference and we change the conversation. And when our generation sees our democracy working for us, we’ll get more engaged.

We’ve been at it since 2006, but we still feel like we’re just getting started. So far, our results speak for themselves: We’ve registered nearly 200,000 young people to vote and turn those voters out at rates much higher than their peers in local, state, and national elections alike! We’ve trained hundreds of young leaders, who are doing big things across the state and the country. And we’ve passed policies like the Colorado Votes Act, Student Loan Servicer Accountability Act, Climate Action Plan, and so many more.

Help us do more——get involved!
How we do
it

Building power for our generation requires political engagement at every level: Registering voters, getting out the vote, passing progressive policy, and training new leaders. We do it all, we do it well, and we make it fun.

When young people show up at the polls, we’re demanding that our elected officials prioritize the issues that matter to us. When young people lead the fights on the issues impacting us the most, we pass policies that actually make a difference and we change the conversation. And when our generation sees our democracy working for us, we’ll get more engaged.

We’ve been at it since 2006, but we still feel like we’re just getting started. So far, our results speak for themselves: We’ve registered nearly 200,000 young people to vote and turn those voters out at rates much higher than their peers in local, state, and national elections alike! We’ve trained hundreds of young leaders, who are doing big things across the state and the country. And we’ve passed policies like the Colorado Votes Act, Student Loan Servicer Accountability Act, Climate Action Plan, and so many more.

Help us do more——get involved!
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Where it all started

We were founded in 2006 by a group of recent college grads who felt that young people deserved a seat at the table in Colorado politics. Our mission is to engage, educate, and train a new generation of active young leaders in Colorado. Our early days involved driving around the state in a bus, registering voters. While we’re less bus-focused now, we still go all over Colorado—from Greeley to Alamosa, Denver to Durango—and talk to tens of thousands of young people every year and lead the charge for youth-driven politics.

Former New Era staff pose in front of a bus before traveling to register voters

And now for some legal jargon: 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.