Since 2004, thousands of Minneapolis students between the ages of 5 and 18 have cast their ballots in city, state and Presidential elections. With their votes, students have put into practice some of the important lessons learned through Kids Voting Minneapolis, a nonpartisan civic leadership program.
The opportunity to empower Minneapolis youth with the skills and confidence to become active citizens as adults is the motivation behind Kids Voting. We know that civic-minded individuals have the power to build strong communities.
Kids Voting Minneapolis partners with schools by providing civic learning opportunities for Minneapolis students in grades K-12.
Teachers are critical to the success of Kids Voting as they are the means by which students are exposed to the important lessons we provide. All teachers working in schools within the city limits of Minneapolis are welcome and encouraged to participate. Kids Voting Minneapolis provides Minneapolis teachers with civics lessons and activities to help students learn about the right to vote, democracy, civic responsibility, and the importance of participation in the political process. There is no cost to participate.
While Kids Voting Minneapolis is only authorized to provide this program to teachers working in schools in Minneapolis, teachers in schools outside Minneapolis may contact the Kids Voting Minnesota program affiliate at www.kidsvotingusa.org to see if they are eligible to participate.
The philosophical basis of the Kids Voting activities is to train students to live as thoughtful, active citizens in a democracy.
The goals are to:
The activities are designed to emphasize self-discovery in a cooperative setting. This is effective because:
Click here for an overview of the scope and sequence of Kids Voting lessons.
We want to hear from teachers. Please send us your ideas, photographs, success stories, challenges, concerns and comments to Judy Farmer, president.
Your tax-deductible contribution will help Kids Voting Minneapolis prepare young people to be educated, engaged voters.
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