Throughout this semester, we’ve refined our training program to cover everything a teacher or student needs to know to plan a high school voter registration drive. In one hour, we explain the current state of youth voter participation, cover 10 steps to plan a drive, and review how to fill out the California voter registration form.
Offered online and in-person, this training prepares high school communities to make an immediate improvement in voter registration rates locally. We’ve trained students from all over: from Riverside to Salt Lake City. We are also expanding our reach by teaming up with organizations such a WAVE in Orange County and a group at Cal State University San Marcos that mentors high school students whose lives have been impacted by the criminal justice system.
We asked some of our attendees why they participated. Here’s what they said:
- "I’m devising strategies to get more of my peers interested in local government and politics, and hope this program can show me how to connect the ideas of civics and voter registration to high school students in an effective way." - student in Utah
- "I am just very motivated to participate in politics & civic action. I also think it's important to encourage everyone to be motivated as well!" - student in Florida
- "I have been following along and leading my 12th grade Gov/Econ classroom through High School Voter Education Weeks in California for some time, but I haven't officially registered my class to record our participation publicly. I want to make these projects more official and more authentic!" - teacher in California