What: Kids Voting Youth Candidate Guide session
When: Saturday, Sept. 16 from 9 am-noon
Where: Durham Cooperative Extension
This Saturday, September 16 all Durham middle and high school students are invited to join Kids Voting Durham and Durham School of the Arts’ Octagon Service Club to create a Candidate Questionnaire for Durham’s City Council and Mayor Candidates. Youth have the opportunity to voice their opinions about which issues are most important to them and say what they want to know about the candidates and their positions. The KVD Youth Candidate Guide is sent to all schools and is used by many adults to inform their vote. Breakfast snacks are provided. No preparation is necessary and all are welcome, but you can email email@example.com or call 919-560-7321 if you have questions or want to express interest.
Want to weigh in but can’t make it Saturday? K-12 students can take Kids Voting 5 minute youth survey on Durham at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DurhamStudentVoice .
Durham’s City Council and Mayor Elections are on the horizon for November 7 (with primaries in all 4 races being held on October 10 for the adult voters.) Kids Voting’s Youth Candidate Guide will come out in late September, and we will hold a Youth Candidate Forum October 19. Until then, check out the Kids Voting Quick Guide to the 2017 Candidates are summer interns prepared with all the candidate’s social media and other information!
2016 was a year where Kids Voting Durham reached a record number of students, educators, and schools with hands-on experiences of positive civic engagement. It is impossible to cover all Kids Voting accomplished in 2016 here, but some highlights from the elections include:
♦ Over 15,000 Durham students cast a vote in the November Election as well as nearly 7000 in the March Primary and School Board Election, making 2016 Kids Voting Durham’s largest election ever.
♦ 75% of Kids Voting precincts were run by youth volunteers — from Brownie Troops to the City Youth Commission, students wanted to be part of making Kids Voting happen for other young people. Youth volunteers also developed theKVD Youth Candidate Guide, led Youth Candidate Forum, and worked at events and for special projects. Durham students logged over 1000 service hours with Kids Voting Durham in 2016.
♦ More than 40 K-12 Durham schools participated in Kids Voting with classroom teachers receiving current election lessons and supports including the student-written Kids Voting Durham Candidate Guide as well as curriculum and other resources throughout the year.
Behind each of these numbers is a story: students who learned about candidates and issues in real, in-depth ways by preparing the Kids Voting Youth Candidate Guide or using it in their classrooms; a first grader who was so excited to be asked to voice their own vote like adults; a young person who expressed their views to an elected official for the first time.
Many thanks to the many volunteers, sponsors, and partners who made 2016 such a successful year for Kids Voting Durham.
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