By Mike Schuh

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — In response to the increasing murder rate in Baltimore, a small team of local women organized a group to help educate future voters, who they believe can positively impact their community.

Mike Schuh reports Black Girls Vote (BGV) is a nonpartisan organization designed to represent the concerns of women — especially young black women — between the ages of 18 and 25 years old.

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The newly-formed organization said it’s pursuing a grassroots effort to recruit, train and educate young black women on the election process and political issues impacting them and their families in the city.

“We’re small, but we see people are really passionate about what we’re doing and they love it,” said one member of the organization.

Although they focus on reaching one demographic, they say they’re welcoming anyone and everyone who wants to join and support — regardless of age or race.

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BGV had their first event in a public place on Friday morning. They recruited friends and strangers — including a 23-year-old trade school student who was encouraged by their mission.

One of the volunteers, Danyell Smith, said she believes that the time for change is today.

“We need the politicians and the candidates to realize you can’t just take our votes for granted,” she said.

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The ground will continue to host registration popup tables at Security Square Mall, and those interested should visit their Facebook page for their scheduled appearances.