EMPOWERING YOUNG VOTERS. DEFENDING DEMOCRACY.

 EMPOWERING YOUNG VOTERS. DEFENDING DEMOCRACY.

Educators and Community Groups

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.

TURNING STUDENTS INTO CITIZENS: CLASSROOM EXPERIENCES

A menu of interactive, in-school, or virtual lessons, delivered either by League-trained facilitators or the classroom teacher, that motivate and equip students and young adults to vote and take action.

Fighting for the Vote

MODULE 1: The Suffrage Timeline (What’s it worth?)

Immerses students in the sacrifices made to gain the vote— from the start of the nation through the ongoing fight against voter suppression. They join a human suffrage timeline as the avatars they are assigned fight for and gain the vote.

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MODULE 2: The Truth about Turnout (Who’s got the power?)

Engages students in an analysis of turnout data focusing on their own age group and ethnicity. They role-play to challenge typical excuses for not voting.

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MODULE 3: Vote by Design (How do I choose?)

Guides students through a nonpartisan, issue-agnostic process for selecting candidates whose values and priorities support their own.

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MODULE 4: Casting your Ballot (How do I vote?)

Equips students to tackle barriers to registering and voting.
Two versions:

  • Voting Simulation
    In-person experience from registration to reading a sample ballot, to signing in at the polls, to learning when and how to ask for a provisional ballot, and finally, to vote.

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  • How to Vote

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Student Voting Advocate Toolkit (English and Spanish)
  • Student Voting Advocate Toolkit
    Remote experience teaches students how to register remotely and vote by mail correctly and encourages them to assist family and community members…

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Fighting for Change 

MODULE 1: WHAT'S YOUR ISSUE? HOW DO I DETERMINE ISSUES IMPORTANT TO ME?

Students learn that leadership is important, but that leadership is a group process and needs engaged supporters – the fourth branch of government – them. They explore the qualities of an effective leader via discussion of current issues.

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MODULE 2: I AM (inform, act, monitor) How do I effect change?

Students identify an issue of importance to them and how the issue evidences itself. Bringing attention to their position, and knowing their rights when doing so, students draft policy and advocate for it.

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MODULE 3: Across the divide (How do I actively listen?)

Students learn to speak so others can ‘hear’ them and listen to understand the beliefs of others. Skills practice helps students learn to express their concerns with conviction and civility.
For more in-depth learning, additional lessons are available. (energizingyoungvoters@gmail.com).

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training videos

This series of three lessons involves participants in lessons from the League of Women Voters suite of materials that help prepare students to become civically engaged beyond just voting.

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SCHOOL-BASED VOTER REGISTRATION INITIATIVES
  • Student Voting Toolkit slides and guides (English & Spanish) to help students help older adults navigate unfamiliar registration and voting procedures
  • #MyVoiceMyVoteNJ – collaboration with NJPSA to provide in-school voter registration drives

 

INDIVIDUAL LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
  • Youth Advisory Board – a diverse group by age (18-29), gender, ethnicity/race, and education type who set direction and policy for Energizing Young Voters
  • Internships (data analysis, research, …) – semester length, university students
  • Service Points – Volunteerism, high school age —social media monitoring, administrative assistance, VOTE411 nudging, presenting, materials reviews
  • Student Advocate Toolkit – help others register online and vote using Vote by Mail ballots
  • Fighting for Change—Module 3

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES/OPPORTUNITIES
  • NJ Center for Civic Education programs/competitions: We the People; Project Citizen
  • Mock Election 
  • Vote by Design (Stanford Univ. Design School)
  • iCivics.com – an exhaustive collection of teacher-designed civics lessons for all grades & topics
  • The Teaching Channel – an online community where teachers can watch, share, and learn; the link is to civics topics.
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  • LWVSMC Hot Topics ( 2020 Census, Ballot Security, and other up-to-the-minute of interest topics)
  • TEXT helpline 732-927-1131 immediate voting help
  • VOTE411– LWV info on all things voting in the USA
  • How To Vote By Mail

Meet the Developers

Patricia L. Supplee

Education Director

Patricia's Bio

Patricia L. Supplee, Ed.D. is currently the Education Director of the League of Women Voters of Southern Monmouth County. Previously a Fulbright Specialist and English Language Specialist, she served as a consultant for the Department of State in conjunction with Georgetown University. She is a retired educator who has taught nationally and internationally at preschool, elementary, secondary and the university level. Dr. Supplee has held administrative positions including curriculum supervisor, principal and chief school administrator. Her areas of specialization include curriculum evaluation and development, professional development training for educators, and education of the gifted.

Peggy Dellinger

president of the LWV

Peggy's Bio

Peggy Dellinger is the president of the League of Women Voters of Southern Monmouth County. She is the recipient of the state League of Women Voters’ 2019 Distinguished Leadership Award, the Asbury Park Women’s Convention 2018 Community Star Award, and the 2016 Monmouth County Jane Clayton Award “for outstanding efforts to preserve Monmouth County history.” In her professional career, she coached corporate leaders and co-designed and delivered seminars where corporate and nonprofit leaders aligned strategy with organizational purpose.

Luisa Paster

Advisory Board

Luisa's Bio

Luisa Paster is a librarian retired from 30 years at Princeton University, where she served as Head of the Database Management Section of the Library, Staff Development Librarian, and Staff Development Specialist in the Human Resources Department. She holds Master’s degrees both in Teaching and in Library Science, and has consulted extensively with NJ libraries to develop and present seminars for staff on a variety of public service issues.

Merry Brennan

Merry's Bio
​​Merry Brennan is an author, communications consultant, educator, and artist. She’s worked with numerous Fortune 100 corporations and major non-profits to foster effective communications, and she is passionate about inspiring young citizens who will inherit the great privilege and challenge of civil discourse. She holds a BA in Communications-Journalism and a master’s degree in Public Administration.

Martha Maselko

Martha's Bio
Martha Maselko has worked inside ATT as a trainer, organizational development consultant, and manager of Affirmative Action Training. She established and held the first ombudsperson function within ATT and trained others across the company. She started a national organization for ombudspeople. Martha has consulted with numerous organizations in the areas of training and conflict management. She holds a Master’s degree in Counseling specializing in group processes.