National Civic Summit - Kids Voting Usa


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National Civic Summit - Kids Voting Usa

  1. 2. <ul><li>Civics education currently suffers from malnutrition, and we need to restore its health…. </li></ul><ul><li>Proper civics education is a key ingredient to our country’s future. We need educated citizens if we want to continue to live in a democratic society that cherishes and protects life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. </li></ul><ul><li>MN Supreme Cot Justice Paul Anderson </li></ul>
  2. 3. Kids Voting USA Brings Civic Skills to Life <ul><li>Students learn the importance of voting and being involved </li></ul><ul><li>Develop skills needed to be informed, participating citizens </li></ul>
  3. 5. <ul><li>… .one of the biggest changes in politics is that delusional thinking is no longer marginal. </li></ul><ul><li>Ignorance of civics permits delusional thinking to migrate into the mainstream and cloak itself with credibility; </li></ul><ul><li>but, civics can confine it to the margins of society where it belongs. That is why the best antidote for delusional thinking is civics education. </li></ul><ul><li>MN Supreme Court Justice Paul Anderson </li></ul>
  4. 6. Kids Voting USA Brings Civic Skills to Life <ul><li>Learn how to have a voice in the decision-making process </li></ul><ul><li>Voter turnout for 18-year-old KVUSA participants is 6 percentage points higher </li></ul>(Office of Kansas Secretary of State & Dr. Diana Carlin, University of Kansas)
  5. 7. Kids Voting USA Increases Adult Voter Turnout <ul><li>3% - 5% increase in adult voting </li></ul><ul><li>(Dr. Bruce Merrill, Arizona State University) </li></ul><ul><li>Kids impact their parents through the “trickle up” effect </li></ul><ul><li>(Dr. Stephen R. Chaffee, Stanford University) </li></ul>
  6. 8. <ul><li>In 1994, Kids Voting Minnesota began in Duluth, Minnesota. </li></ul><ul><li>In the 2004 Presidential Election, Duluth, MN had the highest voter turnout in the entire nation (92.5%) </li></ul>
  7. 10. Kids Voting USA is Unique – Students “Learn by Doing” <ul><li>Participate in an authentic voting experience using a ballot that replicates the adult ballot </li></ul><ul><li>Learn about citizenship and democracy at an early age </li></ul><ul><li>Lessons are reinforced several times before turning 18 </li></ul>
  8. 11. Students Learn Life Skills <ul><li>Learn to gather and analyze information to make well-informed decisions </li></ul><ul><li>Develop critical-thinking skills </li></ul><ul><li>Experience a variety of opinions and ideas </li></ul>
  9. 12. Family Interaction is Enhanced <ul><li>Students are motivated to start political discussions at home </li></ul><ul><li>Builds an increased sense of empowerment and self-esteem </li></ul><ul><li>Voting and civic participation become a family affair </li></ul>
  10. 14. Kids Voting USA Connects the Classroom, Family & Community <ul><li>Partnerships are critical to program success </li></ul><ul><li>Everyone can play a role in preparing tomorrow’s citizens </li></ul>
  11. 16. Kids Voting USA is a National Organization <ul><li>52 affiliate programs in 27 states + the District of Columbia </li></ul><ul><li>4 million students </li></ul><ul><li>In 2008, 1,800,000 ballots were cast </li></ul>
  12. 17. Kids Voting USA is a Nonpartisan Organization <ul><li>Not aligned with a specific political party or position </li></ul><ul><li>Not financed by political parties </li></ul>
  13. 18. <ul><li>Kids Voting USA is a Nonprofit Organization </li></ul><ul><li>Kids Voting Minnesota Sponsors </li></ul><ul><li>Minnesota Power </li></ul><ul><li>State Farm Insurance Companies </li></ul><ul><li>Data Recognition Corporation </li></ul><ul><li>Best Buy Children’s Fund </li></ul><ul><li>Target Corporation </li></ul><ul><li>West Publishing </li></ul>
  14. 19. Kids Voting Minnesota: Empowering a new generation of Voters