To Us You Matter: VOTE
To Us You Matter: VOTE is a west coast collaboration between the Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Center, Oakland, CA and the Institute for Community Leadership, Kent, WA.
The campaign has three main purposes: To assure active civics classes are taught in all schools, to promote school and community based civic engagement opportunities for young people, and voter education and voter registration for all high school juniors and seniors.
Active, experiential civic learning classes in all schools
Students need to know how government and public institutions work, and how to engage in the policy-making process. And they need the skills and attitudes necessary to be effective advocates. Without a knowledgeable, informed and active electorate, democracy falters.
Community-based civic opportunities for all students
Civic engagement is the single most important factor in creating social cohesion and healthy, inclusive communities. And students who are engaged in community uplift activities have greater self-confidence, stronger social skills, more problem solving ability, and higher academic achievement. Civic participation helps them discover meaning in their lives, changes how they spend their free time, and improves relationships that are key to career and family success.
Voter registration and education for all high school juniors and seniors
Young people who develop a habit of voting regularly are likely to remain frequent voters, while those who don’t are likely to remain non-voters. Thus, effective, inspiring voter education and registration can have a powerful impact for decades to come. Increasing voter participation and civic engagement have been shown to be associated with a host of benefits, including higher employment rates, stronger social connections, more volunteerism, higher quality of life, school retention, and even longevity.
Working Together to Strengthen Civic Engagement
Please consider being a part of the To Us You Matter: VOTE efforts! Here’s what you can do: