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Uplifted. Energized. Hopeful.

Nothing sparks joy quite like teaching high school students how to lead their own voter registration drives and seeing them take charge of getting their peers registered. (Except maybe re-organizing your closet, but that’s beside the point.)

On Sunday, March 3, The Civics Center and WAVE convened a group of high school students from all over Los Angeles and Orange counties for a workshop at USC on leading high school voter registration drives. Students came from West Covina, Palos Verdes, Compton, Thousand Oaks, San Juan Capistrano, Simi Valley, and beyond to meet their peers and get trained to make a difference in their communities. Make sure to visit our Instagram to see some photos from the event.

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We’re incredibly proud of these students for taking charge, and we look forward to continuing to work with them as they organize drives and clubs in their schools. Stay tuned!
Graduation goals

In the 2018 Midterm Election, only 31% of young people actually voted. Most people are never even asked to register. In California, which offers easy-to-access online voter preregistration, still only 14% of 16 and 17 year olds are preregistered to vote.  See our analysis and county-by-county breakdown here.

High schools could play a critical role in fixing this problem, but most schools have no budget, no training, and no planning for this role. The infrastructure does not exist. But you exist.

(Read “Grit, love, and sunscreen: An open letter to high school seniors.”)

How do we start? Our plan is simple: clubs and drives. We’re working with high students from across the U.S. (Cedar Grove, New Jersey to Compton, California) to support vote clubs and voter registration drives. Giving the resources and guidance to students to be leaders on their campuses will be the most effective means of seeing big changes in voter registration numbers.

By graduation, our goal is to support at least 25 high school clubs and registration drives each with a goal of registering a minimum of 100 students this semester.

We need your help. Here’s how you can make a difference:

  1. Encourage students and high school educators you know to register with us.
     
  2. Make a donation to send Democracy in a Box. We’re sending high schools boxes with everything students need to host a drive - from flyers to candy to stickers. Your donations will directly support the production of these boxes and getting them into the hands of high school students around the U.S.
     
  3. Spread the word. Like and share our posts on Instagram and Twitter.
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Improving accessibility via translation

A big thank you to our volunteer law students from the American Constitution Society who have helped us begin translating our materials to multiple languages. As we continue working with law students affiliated with ACS, we hope to greatly improve the accessibility of our blog posts and resources.

Thanks to Sergio Martinez and Baoying Cheng, our post “What is voter suppression?” is now translated to Spanish, Mandarin, and Cantonese on our blog. Go check it out!

Call for volunteers

Our main goal between now and the end of May is to encourage high schools to hold voter registration drives and to establish vote clubs.

We need volunteers to help us gather information and conduct outreach. Some of the work can be done during weekend and evening hours. Some of the work involves phoning schools during school hours. Please email dylan@thecivicscenter.org to learn more!

The work is nonpartisan, and better than eating a bag of chips as a response to worries about the decline of democracy.   

Designers & photographers needed

We have continual needs for photographers and videographers to document our events and designers to create graphics for our social media. Please email dylan@thecivicscenter.org if you’d be interested in helping!

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