Find Your State

Common Cause is accepting entries from young people across the United States, ages 14-25, for Stories of Democracy, a national media and journalism initiative that provides young people with an opportunity to communicate their unique experiences with America’s political system.

Participants’ media will focus on one of four core nonpartisan themes:

  • Down Ballot Races
  • Social Justice
  • Voting Rights
  • Youth Engagement

Selected participants will be paid a $200.00 stipend and will have their work published on Common Cause’s digital and social platforms and those of its media partners.


We will accept submissions beginning October 1, 2022 through January 10, 2023. Submissions must be original work created by the participant and can include written pieces of no more than 500 words, or audio, video, and social media content can be no longer than 5 minutes. Upon submitting work to this project, participants are solely responsible for any infringement on copyrighted materials.

Interested youth who have an idea that needs refining or work ready for submission should complete the form below and we will follow up with additional details.

Training Opportunity

Interested in submitting work and need some guidance? We will be hosting training sessions to help you understand how to share your story with media . You should attend if you would like to learn how to write an op-ed and engage with media via written, audio, and visual content.

The trainings will be held on the following days:

  • Tuesday, October 11th 7 PM ET
  • Wednesday, October 19th 1 PM ET
  • Thursday, November 15th 7 PM ET
  • Monday, December 12th 5:30PM ET


Over the years, the Alliance for Emerging Power has been collecting written pieces from youth activists across the country. Here are a few resources that feature their work. These resources may inspire your own work!

Writing for a Just World
Youth Voices Democracy Wire

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