EMPOWERING YOUNG VOTERS. DEFENDING DEMOCRACY.

 EMPOWERING YOUNG VOTERS. DEFENDING DEMOCRACY.

What We Do

Energizing Young Voters, an initiative of the League of Women Voters, envisions a democracy where every person has the desire, the right, the knowledge and the confidence to participate.

 

About Energizing Young Voters

​​Energizing Young Voters ​​is designed to create a new generation of lifelong, active voters. We offer classroom experiences, voter registration initiatives, opportunities for leadership development, and connections to networks of other resources and organizations that further civic engagement among young people, ages 18-29.
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​​The suite of programs from the nonpartisan League of Women Voters and its partners motivate and equip students and young adults to vote and take action.

What We Do

Our free, non-partisan, educational experiences and leadership opportunities help turn students into citizens and reach our two major goals: Empowering young voters and defending democracy.

Youth Opportunities

Join a diverse group by age (18-29), gender, ethnicity/race, and education type. Set direction and policy for Energizing Young Voters and make a difference in your community! Volunteer and earn service points for school and community organizations

Classroom Lessons

Energizing Young Voters offers a suite of programs from the nonpartisan League of Women Voters and its partners designed to create a new generation of lifelong, active voters. Fighting for the Vote and Fighting for Change lessons help middle school through college-age students reach the League goals of empowering voters and defending democracy.

Guest Classroom Speaker

Our menu of interactive, in-school, or virtual lessons, can be delivered either by League-trained facilitators or the classroom teacher.  Use our contact form to learn more or schedule a presentation that motivates and equips students and young adults to vote and take action.

F.A.Q.

Common Questions

Who created Energizing Young Voters?

The League of Women Voters of Southern Monmouth County developed Energizing Young Voters. The program began as Fighting for the Vote, a single lesson in which students create a physical timeline of suffrage as the story is told. A second lesson was added about voter turnout. The power of both created the intention to vote among 18-29 year olds to a degree far beyond what was anticipated. From that flagship lesson, new curricula evolved with the goal of helping to remove any impediments to voting for this age group. The name also reflects the broader purpose.

Why is the program nonpartisan?

We are connected to the League of Women Voters, a nation-wide, non-partisan organization. Like the League, we do not take positions on candidates or political parties and design our lessons accordingly. The League does take positions on issues in order to further their goal of defending democracy. We, on the other hand, are issue agnostic in order to better serve our schools. Our goal is to develop critical thinking skills which help young people make considered choices about issues of importance to them from their own cultural perspectives and learn to talk across the political divide with civility.

How much time do I need to run it?

Each of our voting modules, both in-person and remote, is designed for a 40-minute class period. In schools using block scheduling, an 80-minute block is perfect for presentations of Module 1 and 2 which build on one another. Module 3 can be taught separately. Our culminating activity, Module 4,  because several classes participate, runs approximately a half-day, though each class participates in the actual voting day for approximately 30 minutes. The teacher is responsible for “registering” students and discussing the sample ballot prior to the culminating experience. This is done at the teachers’ convenience.

The lessons to reach the second League goal, defending democracy, follow the same time limitations guidelines.

Who is the intended audience?

Our lessons can be taught from middle school through university level, depending on the lesson. In middle school, both Fighting for the Vote: The Suffrage Timeline and the voting experience itself are appropriate when students are introduced to the voting machine. A  condensed, combined version of What’s Your Issue and I AM the change is also available for middle school classes. 

High school and college-age students benefit from all modules. In a slightly modified form, citizenship preparation classes benefited from Fighting for the Vote. Other adult groups, particularly when Covid required the use of mail-in ballots that were unfamiliar to many older Americans, benefitted from our Student Advocate Toolkit.

Is there a limit to how many students I can run it with?
Group sizes from 15-25 are ideal for the individual modules though we can accommodate some variation. The voting experience can be run with much larger groups, e.g., an entire department or grade level.
What are the technology requirements?
For in-person presentations, the ability to project a slideshow using either PowerPoint or Google Slides is preferred. For remote presentations, lessons can be presented by us as guest speakers or by the classroom teacher using either Google Meet or Zoom.
Does the curriculum comply with any core standards?

In NJ at the present time, civics is integrated into the social studies curriculum. The questions being answered in NJ Civics, Government, and Human Rights standards include the following:

  1. How do citizens, civic ideals, and government institutions interact to balance the needs of individuals and the common good?
  2. How have economic, political, and cultural decisions promoted or prevented the growth of personal freedom, individual responsibility, equality, and respect for human dignity?

We believe our lessons address these questions directly. We assume other states have similar goals.

How much does the curriculum cost?
Nothing! We present free of charge and make our materials available to schools and community groups for free. Depending on where the in-person culminating activity is presented, there may be a cost to obtain a ballot, voting machine, and monitor. If funding for the voting machine is problematic to a school district or community group, we have some “scholarship” funds available.
How do I sign up for a presentation?
Fill out our contact form on this website. One of our League members will respond to set up a mutually convenient date and time for a meeting to determine a schedule.
How do I volunteer?

Fill out our contact form and let us know what you are interested in doing and what skills you have. 

How do I donate?

People have seen the value of Energizing Young Voters and wish to help by making a contribution. We accept any amount — with great appreciation — from $5.00 on up. To donate via PayPal, please click here, or donate by sending a personal check to “LWVNJ Education Fund” (in the memo line, please write “Energizing Young Voters”). The LWVNJ Education Fund is a 501(c)3, so all donations are tax-deductible. Checks can be mailed to:

Energizing Young Voters
PO Box 272
Ocean Grove, NJ 07756

All funds are used to support Energizing Young Voters. All of our presenters and the coordinator are volunteers. Funds are used to support program expenses and 18-29-year-old interns who are committed to our goals and provide administrative assistance.

Get in Touch. Get Involved.

Have a question, want to request a speaker or get involved? Please send us an email and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

​​PO Box 272
​​Ocean Grove, NJ
07756

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