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TurnUp Activism is an American social networking application for civic engagement and organization for youth activists. TurnUp was founded by Zev Shapiro, an eighteen year old activist and canvasser. Originally named TurnOut Activism, now TurnUp Activism, provides a verified and effective platform for activists, providing events, announcements, and organizations for social change. It provides organization for youth activists, providing a hub of events, organizations and resources for civic engagement. The app will be launched in late July.
The idea for Turnout Activism began when Shapiro was attending protests and rallies in response to the Stoneman Douglas High School shootings. While asking around, he found that many of his peers learned about the protests and rallies on the day of, and that it was a last-second decision for many. He looked into almost 50 social media platforms, such as Twitter, Instagram, and GroupMe, and realized that none were suitable for efficient activist organization.
The advisory board consists of 9 people, including former Assistant to President Obama (now head of the Beeck Center at Georgetown) Sonal Shah; former Ambassador to the UN Human Rights Council Eileen Donahoe; and the founder of NGPVAN Nathaniel Pearlman.
TurnUp is supported by more than 25 national foundations, individual donors and small dollar contributors. More than 20 progressive organizations including JOLT and The Future Coalition are working with TurnUp towards its launch.
TurnUp is a location-based digital application that features a map of nearby events and organizations, resources, group messaging, feedback for activists, and personalization of news articles. TurnUp uses your location to find events near you. Events can be added by users and groups. TurnUp allows users to connect with other users by following friends and various social justice organizations. Users can share and post events to their in-app calendar to connect with friends. Features including direct and group messaging are also available to collaborate. TurnUp compiles information regarding elections including dates, registration deadlines, and voting laws. 
Users on TurnUp are awarded Impact Points for practicing social activism either online or offline. A user’s Impact Points ultimately determines his or her’s impact score. A user can gain impact points through downloading the app, posting events and rallies, and actively posting on the apps. Users with the most Impact Points on TurnUp are recognized on the app and gain special badges, awarded in correlation to one’s Impact Points.
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- TurnUp on Instagram
- TurnUp on Twitter
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