Organizational politics is something most people recognize when they see it in action but find it difficult to define. Organizational politics has been viewed as either good or bad. However, organizational politics is not necessarily a bad thing and it is certainly not avoidable. Young people’s relationship with politics is complex and problematized. They are seen both as the group who disengages politically, yet also at the forefront of major political movements.

The Young Politicians Committee was created to ensure the longevity and inclusion of young black Americans into politics on the local, state, and federal level. Our goal is to identify, engage and create basic winning platforms and support systems for young black American to seek a guided path to obtaining political offices.

Our organization is made up of people managing and coordinating other resources for the achievement of stated objectives within an unstable and complex environment. YPC will be a social influence process that will benefit not only the organization but the young black Americans who strive to be in politics but have no viable avenue outside of being controlled by a certain party. 

YPC will utilize certain political and influential tactics to increase influence and power within the political realm. 

Schuler et al. (2000) have identified five different political tactics for increasing individual, group or functional in the following: 

  • Tapping the source of functional and divisional power. 

  • recognizing who has power. 

  • controlling the agenda. 

  • bringing in an outside expert. 

  • and building coalitions and alliances.

 Concerning tapping the source of functional and divisional power, the authors stress that managers or employees can use this tactic to make themselves irreplaceable by developing specialized skills such as knowledge of computers or special relationships with key customers that allow them solve problems in the organization. Again, on recognizing who has the power, this strategy is usually applied by most top-level managers who are conscious of rising above their position in the organization to identify with members of the board of directors, impress them and become loyal to them to get what they want. The third factor on controlling the agenda is quite common among those managers who devise means of becoming members of a committee to influence decision making to suit their individual interest by preventing formal discussion of any issue they do not support by not putting the issue on the agenda. 

Finally, managers or subordinates can also build coalitions with other managers or subordinates to increase power or position for the purpose of influencing decision-making processes in their favor. Most often, this usually involves trade of favor in return of favor. For example, manager A agrees to support manager B on an issue of interest important to manager B, and in return manager B supports manager A on an issue of interest important to manager A.

How Do We Get There

We will embody the idea that people think differently and want to act differently and will resolve tensions: autocratically ("We'll do it this way"); bureaucratically ("We're supposed to do it this way"); technocratically ("It's best to do it this way"); or democratically ("How shall we do it?"). In each case the choice between alternative paths of action usually hinges on the power in relations between the organizational leaders.

Power vs. Politics 

Beyond the claim that young people are either politically engaged or disengaged, to acknowledge that both can be simultaneously true. Power is constantly being withheld from young people, which limits and binds the type of organizing and political involvement they have. Interpreting low voter turnout by young people as evidence of apathy ignores the structural and organizational obstacles to electoral participation many young people face. It also ignores the distrust many young people feel towards traditional institutions of governance. Feeling disconnected from a process that is viewed as ineffective is not apathy. Especially when one considers how young people have been failed by political parties, including those that claim to represent us.

Youth and Social Media Targeting

Social media is a powerful tool to spread information at massive reach, yet also has equal potential to do harm with the dissemination of misinformation. Politically engaged young people from all political and civic backgrounds use social media every day for sharing information, mobilization and to make their mark in political spaces. Since 2015, young people have been on the frontlines of human rights and environmental movements, leading climate strikes across the country and in the March for our Lives movement. Postsecondary students across the world are addressing affordable education and sexual harassment and assault. Young people, fluent in digital tools, have significant power and presence in the conversations taking place online and are a political force to be reckoned with. Youth movements have always shaped and informed politics. Some of the most significant leaders of our time began their activism as young people. But in this moment, where young people are fueled with the power of social media, their impact is exponential.  While researching campaigns for public office, we leaned into social media as a tool to mobilize first time and young voters who found campaigns online and decided to follow it based on what they saw. If we want to truly capture the imaginations of young people in their civic power, we need to approach them in new and relevant ways.

Young people are the future that will support all the generations before them. Authentically engaging them in their civic power should never be underestimated. New voters are coming into the electoral process, 30% of whom were voting for the first time. These voters were young and old, Muslim and immigrant, and unlikely voters who found it refreshing to see a committee that is willing to give a platform to those who want to be a part of something greater than they are. My campaign was predominantly built and executed by former black college graduates, almost all of whom were motivated to engage in campaigning for the first time because they saw a candidate who reflected their own lived experiences.

The Basics of Fundraising for a Political Campaign

Running for office is an increasingly expensive proposition, even for local elections. You may have a strong, charismatic candidate, but without a fundraising operation, you have no campaign. Although the prospect of raising such large amounts of money in a relatively short time span may seem intimidating, with a well-thought-out strategy and plan, fundraising can be a both successful and enjoyable part of any campaign.

The job of the Finance team is to raise the resources that the campaign needs to win, in a short amount of time, a cost-effective manner, and within the bounds of campaign finance laws. This includes creating a Finance Plan with regular fundraising goals to ensure that campaign efforts are funded throughout the course of the election cycle, budgeting carefully to ensure that spending on fundraising tactics is proportional to the income brought in, and executing, monitoring, and reporting the actual fundraising.

Online Fundraising

Digital fundraising has become an integral part of political campaigns at every level. Soliciting donations online is a great way to reach small-dollar individual donors who may not give large contributions, but often give repeatedly over the course of a campaign. The most effective venue for online fundraising is, although social media, SMS, and peer-to-peer fundraising campaigns may all be utilized as well.

Direct Mail

Unlike the short and direct style of email fundraising campaigns, direct mail fundraising has much more room for long-form style content and design. However, it is still important that each component is working together to create a clear and direct fundraising ask. It takes significantly more resources to send a direct mailing than it does to send an email, so in order to run a profitable direct mail program, it is important to have an overarching strategy and to use available tools to maximize efficiency. Direct mail is an extremely cost-effective method of fundraising when a campaign is effectively using voter targeting, and both prospecting and re-solicitation lists.