Most parents hope their children grow up to be well-informed, respectful adults who are civically engaged. But children don’t go from preschool to the voting booth without some guidance.
Today, 50% of young people grow up in non-voting households. Only about half of eligible voters participate in Presidential elections and about one-third participate in local elections. The figures are even lower for minority populations and young adults. The Kids Voting Minnesota Network is a nonprofit, nonpartisan coalition working to help students statewide learn about the right to vote, democracy, civic responsibility, and the importance of participation in the political process.
The Kids Voting program operates with four key components:
- Resources for educators to help create meaningful lessons and classroom discussions around key civic concepts.
- At-home activities to involve families in teaching their children their own civic values.
- An authentic Election Day voting experience where students in kindergarden through 12th grade cast their vote using the same process and ballot as the adults in their community. We provide ballot boxes, privacy screens and “I Voted” stickers.
- Support for statewide Kids Voting program coordinators to maximize resources and the sharing of best practices.
Click here to learn the steps for running a Kids Voting program in your building.