Kwesi Low, Ohio Coordinator
Columbus, OH – Based in Columbus since 2004, LYVEF Ohio has had strong community and campus chapters around the state, especially in Toledo and Cincinnati, which have risen and fallen with funding capacity. Over the years, LYVEF Ohio has focused on college access and affordability, economic and social justice issues, as well as nonpartisan voter registration, GOTV, election protection and election administration. In 2009, LYVEF Ohio focused on green jobs, gun violence, and affordable house and recreation programs for youth. We will continue to build and strengthen our states wide coalition and do sufficient trainings to have our constituents doing lobbying on the state level by midyear. We also worked to list build and register voters in preparation for the 2010 midterm elections, as well as promote participation in the census. In February we hired on Kwesi Low as a community organizer in Columbus, Ohio as part of our State Based Apprenticeship Program to ramp-up our civic engagement and census activities.
In 2010, LYVEF OH will focus on green jobs, gun violence, and affordable house and recreation programs for youth. In the first two quarters of 2010, Kwesi ran a Census participation campaign with a goal of contacting 3,000 young people in Columbus and surrounding areas.