Together SC and the SC Counts Initiative will be joining forces with The Census Open Innovation Labs for South Carolina’s first creative workshop to reach hard-to-count communities! Over the course of five informative and festive hours, we’ll dive into targeted briefs from local advocacy organizations, connect with a diverse group of talented people, and collaboratively generate digital media and compelling messages that spread awareness about the 2020 Census to communicate the importance of a complete and accurate count for South Carolina community. The hard‐to‐count populations identified are children 0‐5, African American men, and the LatinX community.
Do you know that the Decennial Census--a counting of the United States population that occurs every ten years-- sets our country's trajectory for the next decade, determining congressional apportionment (the number of seats each state gets in the House of Representatives), redistricting, and the allocation of close to $800 billion dollars annually distributed to cities across the nation?
Historically, certain groups are undercounted at disproportionately higher rates during the Census. An undercount of children, underrepresented minorities, millennials, and seniors can result in reduced congressional representation and fewer local dollars essential for community services.
In 2020, for the first time ever, the American public will have the option of responding to the Census online. This presents new opportunities to communicate the importance of the census by creating compelling digital content to increase civic participation.
Host an event, or jump right into making content
Activate your creativity as a group or do it solo-- just remember everything you do counts!