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Friday, December 16, 2011

A special opportunity for high school civics and government teachers

Engage Your Students in “Real-World” Civics: The Civic Action Project

Start 2012 off right by registering in the upcoming FREE teacher training...

The North Carolina Civic Education Consortium, Constitutional Rights Foundation (CRF) and GenerationNation (home of Kids Voting Mecklenburg, Youth Civics and Youth Voice) are pleased to offer a rare professional development opportunity for civics and government teachers.

Join us after school on Thursday, February 2 to learn about implementing CRF’s “Civic Action Project” (CAP) curriculum in your civics and government courses. With a focus on policy making, effective citizenship and real world application, this innovative program can assist in making tested material more relevant and engaging for students!

About CAP

The CAP curriculum consists of a series of succinct, interactive, and easy-to-implement policy related lessons plans. Through readings, discussion questions that promote critical thinking, and engaging classroom activities contained in the lessons, students learn how government content applies to policymaking at the local level, how policy is made and can be influenced, as well as strategies for effective citizenship. The CAP curriculum simultaneously leads students through their own civic action project, in which they select a problem or issue in their own community relating to policy, examine and analyze the problem or issue, and consider and implement civic actions to affect change around that issue.

The curriculum is designed to give teachers a practical range of options for taking students through the civic action process, as well as offers teachers planning support, guidance, content, and teacher-tested tips. Most importantly, this curriculum provides students with a chance to apply what they have learned to a real world experience in taking civic action, thus bringing tested civics and governmental concepts to life.

Seats are limited - register today!

Dinner and materials will be provided. Teachers who complete the project will receive CEU and other incentives.

Seats are limited. Register today! To register, contact Amy Farrell with your name, school, email and phone number. We'll provide more information about training location and other details in January. Questions? Call 704-343-6999 or email us.

Educating and engaging students to lead


We have exciting news to share as we reflect on Kids Voting Mecklenburg's 20th anniversary of connecting classroom education with civic learning opportunities, and look forward to a new year and bright future.

We've taken considerable time and energy to reflect on our work and assess the future goals and needs of K-12 students: the next generation of leaders. With this milestone, feedback from hundreds of stakeholders, and the proud history that you have helped to establish, we have decided to change our organization's name to GenerationNation.

We'll make an official announcement in January. We wanted to take this opportunity to share this news with you now, and thank you for your continued support.


GenerationNation

Our name is new. What's not changing? Our commitment and vision to educate and engage K-12 students to lead in their schools, communities and nation. We believe GenerationNation reflects the broad scope of our work to expand students' interest, understanding and involvement in government, leadership and civic life. Our programs help students in school, build civic literacy and develop young people as effective citizens and leaders.

GenerationNation will be the home for the programs you have helped to make a success - the Kids Voting Mecklenburg election, YouthCivics, Youth Voice Leadership Alliance, K-12 civic education and a host of civic learning opportunities - and which we hope will grow, along with new initiatives.

Our work is needed more than ever

Without civic literacy, students can't graduate or become effective citizens and leaders. Who's impacted? You. Me. Everyone. Now, and for the future.
  • Study after study shows that students know less about civics and history than math, English or science. More can name the American Idol judges than the 3 branches of federal government. Across all demographics, students know even less about local and state government. 
  • Civics and history are public school graduation requirements, yet due to education trends, budget cuts and learning opportunity gaps, many of today's K-12 students don't know how their governments and communities work.
  • At the same time, our political climate is increasingly divisive. Students are watching.
Is this the best we can do to educate the next generation of leaders?

Join GenerationNation to educate students and build leaders

How can you help make a difference? Support GenerationNation, a nonprofit organization that provides the only opportunity for the civic education of K-12 students in our community. Your tax-deductible contribution by December 31 will help GenerationNation kick off 2012, and bright future, with a strong start.


We hope you share our hope and excitement as we take this next step forward together. You'll be hearing more from us soon! In the meantime, please visit www.generationnation.org and connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.


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Kids Voting Mecklenburg is now GenerationNation. The education-focused nonprofit organization, founded in 1992, changed its name in December 2011 to better reflect the wide range of educational tools and learning opportunities the organization provides, and envisions, to positively impact K-12 students and the Charlotte area. Programs educate and engage students in government, leadership and civic life. Current initiatives of GenerationNation include K-12 civic education and teacher training, Youth Civics, Youth Voice Leadership Alliance, and the Kids Voting Mecklenburg election.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Free to Tweet


On December 15, students age 14-22 can win one of 22 $5,000 scholarships through “Free to Tweet”.

December 15 is the 220th anniversary of our right to free expression, the First Amendment. Tweet your support for the First Amendment with the hash tag #freetotweet, and which enters students in the "Free to Tweet” scholarship competition. Students are encouraged to freely express themselves in their entries, which can be posted on any publicly viewable social media platform, including blogs.

Learn more: http://1forall.us/freetotweet/



 

Monday, November 21, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!


Getting ready to celebrate Thanksgiving? In addition to giving thanks, use this holiday as an opportunity for civic learning.
  • Thanksgiving commemorates a feast shared by colonists and Native Americans in Plymouth in 1621. This started a tradition of harvest celebrations that lasted for 2 centuries.
  • In 1777, the Continental Congress declared the First National Proclamation of Thanksgiving. George Washington, then a war leader (later to be president) declared Thanksgiving to be a victory celebration honoring the defeat of the British.
  • In 1863 - in the middle of the Civil War - President Abraham Lincoln made Thanksgiving a national holiday.
  • In December 1941, President Roosevelt set a fixed date for Thanksgiving - the 4th Thursday in November.

Some questions to think about and discuss:
  • Why did Thanksgiving start?
  • Can you think of other situations where two different groups are brought together to share a meal?
  • Are there similarities between the way Thanksgiving was organized by local leaders and how decisions and policies are made by local leaders in our community?
  • What are the traditional Thanksgiving foods? Why do we eat different things for Thanksgiving than on another holiday, such as the Fourth of July?
  • Why was Thanksgiving made official in 1777? Why did George Washington say it was a victory celebration?
  • Why did President Lincoln declare Thanksgiving as a national holiday? Is it significant that he did it in 1863?
  • Why did President Roosevelt set the annual date for Thanksgiving? Why was this done in December 1941?
  • If you were President, would you declare a national holiday? What would it be and why? Write your proclamation, read it out loud and discuss with your family or classroom.
  • Do other countries celebrate Thanksgiving? What is similar or different? 
  • Does Thanksgiving impact the economy? How? Which industries?
  • Have you attended a Thanksgiving parade or watched one on TV? What are the different kinds of government involved in the parade including planning the parade route and keeping the streets safe?

History of Thanksgiving from History.com




Learn more about Thanksgiving:
Wikipedia
Resources from History.com
Learn about the Mayflower

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Thank you teachers, students and community volunteers!


Teachers, parents, students and community volunteers play a big role in using the election to educate children and youth about government, civic participation and decision-making - thank you for helping to make the Kids Voting election program possible each year.

Thousands of students experienced elections at over 60 schools and 80 polling places. 500+ teens enjoyed service-learning and gave every student the opportunity to vote!

SERVICE-LEARNING
Student captains and volunteers representing schools including:
  • Marie G Davis
  • West Mecklenburg
  • Harding
  • Cato Middle College
  • Myers Park
  • East Mecklenburg
  • Rocky River
  • Butler
  • Independence
  • Providence
  • Vance
  • Ardrey Kell
  • North Mecklenburg
  • South Mecklenburg
  • Mallard Creek
  • Olympic
  • Performance Learning Center
  • Hough
  • JM Alexander
  • Northeast Middle
  • Randolph
  • KIPP Charlotte
  • Providence Day
  • Covenant Day
  • Country Day

EARLY VOTING OCTOBER 28-30 AND NOVEMBER 5
(Site and volunteer leader or sponsoring group)
  • Beatties Ford Library - Delta Debutantes 2012
  • Independence Regional - Desiree Kindley and friends
  • Matthews Library - Butler Key Club
  • Morrison Regional - Maya Fleming and friends
  • Mt Island Library - Delta Sigma Theta Alumnae
  • North County Regional - Sarah Kerman and friends
  • South County Regional - Jack and Jill of South Charlotte
  • Steele Creek Library - Karishma Desai and friends
  • University City Regional - Anh Doan and friends 
  • West Boulevard Library - Delta Sigma Theta Alumnae

ELECTION DAY, NOVEMBER 8
(Site and volunteer leader or sponsoring group) 


NORTH MECKLENBURG
  • North County Regional Library - Sarah Kerman and friends
  • Bradley Middle School - Danielle Miller and friends
  • JM Alexander Middle - Morgan Honeycutt/JM Alexander
  • Hornets Nest Elementary - Victoria Pittman and friends
  • Huntersville Elementary - Jack Manchester and friends

NORTH CHARLOTTE, NORTHEAST CHARLOTTE, UNIVERSITY CITY
  • Cole Memorial Methodist - Vance JROTC
  • Greenville AME  - Vance JROTC
  • Hickory Grove North - Ellington Green and friends
  • Highland Renaissance - Performance Learning Center
  • Joseph W Grier Academy  - Vance JROTC
  • Mallard Creek Rec Center - Javon Bennett and friends
  • Nathaniel Alexander  - Vance JROTC
  • Northridge Middle - Tiffany Carter and friends
  • Reedy Creek Elementary - Demetris Johnson and friends
  • Turning Point Academy - Vance JROTC
  • University City Library - Anh Doan and friends
  • University City Methodist - Vance JROTC

WEST CHARLOTTE, NORTHWEST CHARLOTTE
  • Allenbrook Elementary - Alicia Morrison and friends
  • Coulwood Middle - Karen Summers and friends
  • Marie G Davis - Marie G Davis Students/Veronica Peeler
  • McCrory YMCA - Delta Sigma Theta Alumnae
  • Oaklawn Elementary - Kimberly Wiley and friends
  • St Marks United Methodist - Delta Sigma Theta Alumnae
  • Southview Rec Center - Cedric Cook, Boys and Girls Club
  • Tuckaseegee Elementary - Angel Lennon and friends/West Mecklenburg HS
  • Wallace Pruitt Rec Center - Wallace Pruitt Rec Center/Blanche Penn
  • West Charlotte Rec Center - Delta Sigma Theta Debutantes 

CENTRAL CHARLOTTE
  • Covenant Presbyterian - Blaine Sanders and friends
  • St Johns Baptist - Elizabeth Wright and friends
  • First Ward Elementary - National Assn of University Women, Charlotte branch
  • Highland Renaissance - Performance Learning Center

 SOUTH CHARLOTTE, SOUTHPARK, MYERS PARK
  • Christ Episcopal Church - Providence Day
  • Church at Charlotte - Providence Day
  • Forest Hills Church- Shauna Rust and friends
  • Myers Park High School - Polumi Banerjee and friends
  • Providence United Methodist - Providence Day
  • Randolph Middle - Randolph Middle School/Karishma Desai
  • Scottish Rites Masonic - Mereidth Ellis and friends
  • St Johns Episcopal - Charlotte Country Day Aquilifer
  • St Paul United Methodist - Kimberly Little and friends
  • Westminster Presbyterian - Betsy Williamson and friends

SOUTH CHARLOTTE, BALLANTYNE, SOUTHWEST CHARLOTTE, PINEVILLE, SOUTH MECKLENBURG
  • Aldersgate United Methodist - Sonny Jackson/Aldersgate Cub Scouts
  • Belle Johnston Center - Dylan Stewart and friends
  • Candlewyck Baptist- Emily DeZubay and friends
  • Community House Middle- Ardrey Kell HS/Harsha Pinnamanju
  • Harrison United Methodist - Aaron Whetstone and friends
  • Lansdowne Elementary - Providence Day School
  • Living Savior Lutheran - Boy Scout Troop 165
  • McKee Rd Elementary - McKee Rd PTA
  • Olympic High School - Renaissance National Honor Society/Ashley Porven
  • Providence Presbyterian - Luke Miller and friends
  • Sardis Presbyterian - Providence Day School
  • South Mecklenburg HS - South Meck Key Club
  • St Matthew Catholic - Ardrey Kell HS
  • St Stephen Methodist - Providence Day School
  • Waddell Language Academy - Bobbi Nguyen and friends
  • William Davie Park - Hank Greenberg AZA/Daniel Willenzik 

SCHOOLS WITH 100+ STUDENTS PARTICIPATING IN ON-CAMPUS LEARNING OPPORTUNITY AND OTHER INVOLVEMENT 
(School and teacher leader serving as Kids Voting School Representative)

  • Albemarle Road – Marie Pacini
  • Ardrey Kell -Robin Dorfer
  • Bain – Beth Kerr
  • Barringer - April Mondanaro
  • Berewick – Erin Pugh
  • Bruns Avenue - Sonja Brown
  • Carmel - Patty Nelson
  • Chantilly – Steve Knickerbocker
  • Cornelius – Bethany Davis
  • Cotswold – Julie Jones
  • Crestdale –Brenda Thompson
  • Croft Community - Thai Williams
  • Crown Point -Lynn Miller
  • David Cox Rd - Patti Eagleburger
  • Davidson- Troy Gray
  • Dilworth - Stephanie Beran
  • Elizabeth Lane – Emma Juncadella
  • Elon Park –Lydia Upchurch
  • Greenway Park - Lisa Milavec
  • Hawk Ridge –Luci Unferth
  • Highland Creek- Erin Bullis
  • Hopewell- David Jensen
  • Huntersville- Lin McAuley and Stephanie Broyles
  • Huntingtowne Farms - Tracy Kennedy
  • Irwin Academic Center – Susan Selby and Dionne Bailey
  • JM Alexander - Morgan Honeycutt
  • JV Washam- Debbie Brown and Linda Linfoot
  • Kennedy - Matthew Moran
  • KIPP Charlotte – Rashid Williams
  • Lansdowne - Ronald Stephany
  • Lebanon Road- Susan Blomberg
  • Marie G Davis -Roderic Brace, Donna Alexander and Veronica Peeler
  • Martin Luther King -Janice Mundy
  • McAlpine - Amanda Pruitt
  • McKee Road - Debbie Mathews
  • Merry Oaks - Andrea Flood
  • Metro School – Shannon Martin
  • Myers Park Traditional – Bonnie Wilkie and Mary Ashley Davino
  • Nathaniel Alexander - Kristin Retort
  • Nations Ford - Carole Kiser and Jennifer Foulke
  • Northeast - Keith Marwitz
  • Northridge - Bridgett Wiley
  • Performance Learning Center - Andrena Goodwin
  • Phillip O'Berry – Sarah Hatter
  • Pinewood - Kristyn Walgren
  • Polo Ridge - Jillian Richard
  • Providence Day – Ted Dickson
  • Providence Spring - Jan Siciliano
  • Quail Hollow - Jeffrey Lee
  • Randolph - Michael White
  • Ridge Road - LaToya Howell and John Nabors
  • River Gate - Tia Taylor
  • Sedgefield - Siobhan Havlik
  • Selwyn - Katie Patton
  • Shamrock Gardens - Robin Tench
  • Socrates Academy – Shea Short
  • Sterling - Jean Konzelmann
  • Stoney Creek - Andrea Grisby
  • Torrence Creek - Christine Peachey
  • Tuckaseegee - Marcy Myers
  • University Park Creative Arts -Yolanda Labran-Gooden and Lynn Hudson
  • Vance – Duane Orr
  • Westerly Hills - Beverly Stewart
  • Whitewater Academy – Carolyn Singleton
Note: Many other schools were involved in the civic learning opportunity through additional educational activities. Let us know how you were involved!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Election results




STUDENTS WEIGH IN ON SCHOOL BOARD AND MAYOR,  LEARN ABOUT GOVERNMENT AND CIVICS

This election, over 32,000 Mecklenburg County students learned about government and civic participation by participating in a community-wide mock voting event hosted by Kids Voting Mecklenburg.

This participation rate is higher than the adult voter turnout %. Way to go, students!

K-12 students experienced elections through learning about and voting on real candidates and issues – this year, offices included mayor and school board - and taking part in community service-learning. While the results aren’t official, they are counted and reported.

Mayor
Charlotte    Anthony Foxx 63%   Scott Stone 37%

Cornelius    Jeff Tarte 100%

Davidson    Vince Winegarden 8%    John Woods 92%

Huntersville   Danae Caulfield 32%      Jill Swain 68%

Matthews     Jim Taylor 100%

Mint Hill      Ted Biggers 51%    Jean Bonner 49%

Pineville      George Fowler 100%


School Board
Larry Bumgarner - 6%
Elyse Dashew - 13%
Ericka Ellis-Stewart - 14%
Keith Hurley - 5%
Mary McCray - 9.5%
DeShauna McLamb - 2%
Tim Morgan - 9.8%
Ken Nelson - 6%
Hans Plotseneder - 4%
Aaron Pomis - 8.9%
Darrin Rankin - 9.3%
Lloyd Scher - 4%
Jeff Wise - 8.8%

Charlotte City Council At-Large
Patrick Cannon - 15%
Claire Fallon - 12.7%
David Howard  - 14%
Beth Pickering - 12.6%
Christopher Hailey  - 9%
Mohamed Moustafa - 8%
Edwin Peacock - 13%
Curtis Watkins - 7.2%
Alexander Vuchnich - 7.6%

Charlotte City Council - Districts
District 1 - Patsy Kinsey 57%   David Michael Rice 43%
District 2 - James Mitchell 100%
District 3 - LaWana Mayfield 66%   Ed Toney 34%
District 4 - Michael Barnes 60%      Larry Shanon 40%
District 5 - John Autry 58%   Dennis Peterson 42%
District 6 - Andy Dulin 100%
District 7 - Warren Cooksey 100%

Cornelius Town Board of Commissioners
John Bradford III - 13%
Dave Gilroy - 21%

Jeff Hare - 18%
Lynette Rinker -8%
Thurman Ross -21%
Chuck Travis - 18%



Davidson Town Board of Commissioners
Kristen Coupal - 11%
Jim Fuller  - 16%
Rodney Graham - 16%
Brian Jenest - 13.2%
Mickey Pettus - 13%
Laurie Venzon - 14%
Connie Wessner - 15%

Huntersville Town Board of Commissioners
Melinda Bales  - 9.1%    
Adam Boatsman   - 8.1%
Charles Guignard  - 10%
Charles Jeter - 9.3%
Ron Julian  - 8.5%          
Sarah McAulay - 10.3%
Demspey Miller - 8.1%
Jeff Neely - 8.2%
Danny Phillips - 9.1%
Adam Planty - 8.1%
Brian Sisson - 8.75%


Matthews Town Board of Commissioners
Paul Bailey - 14.6%                 
Suzanne Gulley - 14.8%         
Jeff Miller - 14.5%                  
Nancy LaFond Moore - 14.8%
Joe Pata - 12.3%
Kress Query - 14.8%
John Urban  14.1%



Mint Hill Town Board of Commissioners
Lloyd D. Austin - 15.4%
Carl (Mickey) Ellington - 15.7%
Christopher McAvoy - 13.6%
Brenda McRae - 15.1%
Eric S. Random -13.9% - tie
Tina Ross  - 13.9% - tie
Derrick Snyder - 12.3%


Pineville Town Board 
Al Baskins - 10.8%
Libby Boyd Boatwright - 10.8%
Melissa Rogers Davis - 14.8%
Jim Eschert - 11.7%
Deborah Fowler - 12.9%
Les Gladden - 14.2%
David Macala - 11.4%
David Phillips - 13.5%

The program links to classroom education through study about government, leadership, elections and voting, decision-making, critical-thinking and analysis of information. Classroom resources are available free for local educators, families and youth programs at www.kidsvoting.org.

The Kids Voting Election is one program offered by Kids Voting Mecklenburg, a civic education organization teaching K-12 students about government, civic participation and leadership. Other programs through the year include K-12 civic education and teen programs such as YouthCivics and Youth Voice/Leadership Alliance. Programs help students in school, build civic literacy and develop young people as effective citizens and leaders.

For more information visit www.kidsvoting.org or www.facebook.com/kidsvotingcharlotte, or email info@kidsvoting.org or call 704-343-6999.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Youth Civics and Voice

Mock trial at courthouse
City council meeting
Discussing policies and issues


All high school students are invited to participate in upcoming programs Youth Civics and Youth Voice. These programs help teens learn about government, leadership and civic participation.

Youth Civics

Taking Civics? Interested in politics, law or service? Want to know how to make a difference on decisions that impact you?

Kids Voting Mecklenburg's exciting program, YouthCivics, will have its fall session November 15-December 13. You'll attend real government meetings, see the courthouse and meet a judge, find out who the leaders are, where government gets (and spends) its money, explore careers and more.

YouthCivics is ideal for students in Civics & Economics class and others with an interest in government, politics, law and service. The course takes place one evening a week in November and December. Sessions will be held at government buildings in downtown Charlotte. Community service hours are available for completing the course, participating in discussions about community issues, and providing important feedback.

Pre-registration is required. Space is limited - sign up now! There is a one time $25 fee, which includes dinner, handouts and other materials. Scholarships are available. Schedule, session location and directions and other information will be provided after you register.

To register and ask questions, contact info@kidsvoting.org or 704-343-6999. To register, send your name, school, phone number and email address.Put Youth Civics in the subject line or note it somewhere else in the email. (We are also registering students for other programs at the same time.)


 


Youth Voice - Leadership Alliance

High school students meet twice a month to discuss school and community issues, policies and decisions with public officials. Upcoming meetings will be November 16 (Jennifer Roberts), November 29 (Hugh Hattabaugh and school board) and December 7 (Anthony Foxx). Meetings are 6-7:30PM at the Government Center, 600 E 4th Street, Charlotte 28202.

Youth Voice-Leadership Alliance, a program of Kids Voting Mecklenburg. Who can participate? Anyone in high school - student leaders, emerging leaders and students who just want to make a difference. The group is building a network of youth civic leaders who advise government policy and decision makers on issues impacting children and youth.

This is a great opportunity for students to learn about government and build leadership skills, while making friends and impacting the community.

All high school students from all schools and youth programs are invited to participate.



Saturday, November 5, 2011

Kids Voting Day: November 8, 3:30-7:30PM



Voting on Election Day? Take your kids! On Tuesday, November 8 from 3:30-7:30PM. K-12 students can visit these voting locations to cast a student vote for mayor (Charlotte and Mecklenburg towns), school board and city or town council. Look for the Kids Voting volunteers!

NOTE: STUDENTS MAY VISIT ANY SITE - PARENTS DO NOT NEED TO BE REGISTERED VOTERS THERE


North Mecklenburg

  • North County Regional Library
  • Bradley Middle School
  • JM Alexander Middle
  • Hornets Nest Elementary 
  • Huntersville Elementary

North Charlotte, Northeast Charlotte, University City

  • Cole Memorial UMC
  • Greenville AME
  • Hickory Grove North Campus
  • Highland Renaissance
  • Joseph W Grier Academy
  • Mallard Creek Rec Center
  • Nathaniel Alexander
  • Northridge Middle
  • Reedy Creek Elementary
  • Turning Point Academy
  • University City Library 
  • University City Methodist

West Charlotte, Northwest Charlotte

  • Allenbrook Elementary
  • Coulwood Middle
  • Marie G Davis
  • McCrory YMCA
  • Oaklawn Elementary
  • St Marks United Methodist 
  • Southview Rec Center
  • Tuckaseegee Elementary
  • Wallace Pruitt Rec Center 
  • West Charlotte Rec Center

Central Charlotte

  • Covenant Presbyterian
  • St Johns Baptist
  • First Ward Elementary 
  • Highland Renaissance

South Charlotte, Southpark, Myers Park

  • Christ Episcopal Church
  • Church at Charlotte
  • Forest Hills Church
  • Myers Park High School
  • Providence United Methodist
  • Randolph Middle
  • Scottish Rites Masonic
  • St Johns Episcopal
  • St Paul United Methodist 
  • Westminster Presbyterian

South Charlotte, Ballantyne, Southwest Charlotte, South Mecklenburg, Pineville

  • Aldersgate United Methodist
  • Belle Johnston Center
  • Candlewyck Baptist
  • Community House Middle
  • Harrison United Methodist
  • Lansdowne Elementary
  • Living Savior Lutheran
  • McKee Rd Elementary
  • Olympic High School
  • Providence Presbyterian
  • Sardis Presbyterian
  • South Mecklenburg HS
  • St Matthew Catholic
  • St Stephen Methodist
  • Waddell Language Academy 
  • William Davie Park

East Charlotte, East Mecklenburg, Matthews, Mint Hill

  • Albemarle Rd Rec Center
  • Amity Presbyterian
  • Calvary Church of Nazarene
  • Christ Covenant
  • Cornerstone Baptist
  • Lebanon Rd Elementary
  • Matthews Community Center
  • McClintock Middle
  • Mint Hill Town Hall
  • Northeast Middle
  • Philadelphia Presbyterian
  • Robinson Presbyterian 
  • WTVI/Commonwealth

Students may also vote online here anytime through 7:30PM on November 8.


See what's on the Kids Voting ballot
Learn more about Election 2011 learning opportunities

Election Sites - find a site near you
 

View Kids Voting Election 2011 - Community Sites in a full screen map

Download and print list of voting sites

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Kids Voting Day: Saturday, November 5


Voting early? Take your kids on Saturday, November 5 from 10:00AM until 1:00PM. K-12 students can visit these early voting locations to cast a student vote for mayor (Charlotte and Mecklenburg towns), school board and city or town council. Look for the Kids Voting volunteers!
  • Beatties Ford
  • Independence
  • Matthews
  • Morrison
  • Mountain Island
  • North County
  • South County
  • Steele Creek
  • University City
  • West Boulevard

Additional sites will be open on Tuesday, November 8 3:30-7:30PM. We'll post a final list of those sites soon.

See what's on the Kids Voting ballot
Learn more about Election 2011 learning opportunities


View Kids Voting Election 2011 - Community Sites in a full screen map

Monday, October 24, 2011

Rate the candidates




Before voting in this year’s school board election, learn about the candidates and decide where they stand on issues that matter to you. Rank the candidates on each issue, with 1= worst and 10=best. Then, add up the scores and see which candidates look the best to you! (3 At-Large seats are up for election in 2011.)

Activity

Resources

Short candidate video interviews: http://cltvotes.us 
  • Testing – Do you support standardized tests in every subject and grade?
  • Teachers – How should CMS attract and retain great teachers?
  • Focus – Where should CMS focus on students...high-achievers, at-risk or students in the middle?
  • Charter Schools – What is the role of charter schools at CMS?
  • Diversity – What kind of diversity is most important at CMS?
  • AP Classes – Should there be more AP classes at high schools?
  • Equity – Should all schools get the same resources and how will you know if this is happening?
  • Deconsolidate – Is CMS too big?
  • Youth Voice – Should CMS involve students in policy and decision-making?
  • Information – How are you informed about CMS?

Find these links and more at http://www.kidsvotingcharlotte.org/search/label/election%202011

Student vote on school board, mayor and council candidates – October 24-November 8


    Youth Voice students Maya Fleming (East Mecklenburg), Jalen Feaster (Mallard Creek) and Aidan McConnell (Providence) questioned school board candidates. Click here to view videos

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Students weigh in on school board and mayor, learn government and civics




Mecklenburg County students have the opportunity to learn about government and civic participation through a community-wide mock voting event hosted by Kids Voting Mecklenburg.

K-12 students experience elections through learning about and voting on real candidates and issues – this year, offices include mayor and school board - and taking part in community service-learning. While the results aren’t official, they are counted and reported publicly. Over 45,000 local students participated in last year’s mid-term elections.

The program links to classroom education in a variety of disciplines through study about government, leadership, elections and voting, decision-making, critical-thinking and analysis of information. Classroom resources are available free for local educators, families and youth programs at www.kidsvoting.org.

In addition to classroom study, students have the opportunity to experience elections though a variety of hands-on activities:

Visit www.kidsvoting.org/election/election_experience.aspx to access the online ballot, identify voting sites where Kids Voting booths will be located, learn dates and times for Kids Voting Days and more. Use the Rate the Candidates activity and get ready to vote by learning about the offices on the ballot.

The Kids Voting Election is one program offered by Kids Voting Mecklenburg, a civic education organization teaching K-12 students about government, civic participation and leadership. Other programs through the year include K-12 civic education and teen programs such as YouthCivics and Youth Voice/Leadership Alliance. Programs help students in school, build civic literacy and develop young people as effective citizens and leaders.

For more information visit www.kidsvoting.org or www.facebook.com/kidsvotingcharlotte, or email info@kidsvoting.org or call 704-343-6999.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Teaching about the election?





Teaching about the election? There's more to it than voting! Here are a few ways to link the election and civic learning with other subjects:


 
Reading
  • Reading comprehension of informational text
  • Reading and following instructions
  • Analyzing information about candidates and election
  • Making informed decisions based on information
  • Communicating a position effectively
  • Evaluating communication skills of candidates
  • Media literacy
  • Using technology to gather and assess information
Math
  • Counting votes
  • Grouping like items and seeing patterns
  • Measuring paper for the voting chains and ballots
  • Calculating percentages of votes or turnout
  • Graphing
  • Venn diagrams using local government services or qualities of leaders and politicians
Social studies
  • Local government
  • Democratic process
  • Elections and civic participation
  • Examining roles of leaders and citizens
  • Comparing and contrasting local issues with historic, statewide, national or global issues
  • Comparing and contrasting local government roles and services with historic, statewide, national or global roles and services
Many applications to 21st century learning
  • Civic literacy
  • Information literacy
  • Media literacy
  • Government and civics
  • Critical thinking
  • Decision making
  • Analyzing information
  • Communication
  • Problem solving

Visit our Classroom Resource Library for age-appropriate lessons and activities aligned to the Standard Course of Study

Get ready for Election 2011







Monday, October 17, 2011

Make your voice heard

Here's your chance to question the school board candidates! Attend the candidate forum on Wednesday, October 19 at 6:45-8:30PM. It will be at CPCC Main Campus, in the Overcash Building. http://tix.cpcc.edu/parking-directions - use the Google directions for Halton Theater.

Learn more: http://www.mecked.org/index.php/rsvp-to-the-meckedwfae-interactive-debate/

We will offer service/extra credit to students who attend!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Getting ready to vote



Getting ready to vote in Election 2011? Here's some information to help!

Download these files


Charlotte - Middle and High School or Elementary
South Mecklenburg towns - Middle and High School or Elementary
North Mecklenburg town s- Middle and High School or Elementary



MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL

Charlotte

Cornelius, Davidson, Huntersville

Matthews, Mint Hill, Pineville


ELEMENTARY

Charlotte
Cornelius, Davidson, Huntersville

Matthews, Mint Hill, Pineville











Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Learning about candidates


 

Getting ready to vote in Election 2011?

First, you need to learn about the candidates who are running for office. Here are some great places to start reading candidate profiles, checking out their positions and websites, and watching videos. We will continue to post links here through Election 2011 - check back to see the updates!

Overall

List of candidates
Teaching about the election?
  
SCHOOL BOARD

MeckEd candidate profiles
CMS candidate profiles
Kids Voting/WTVI/League of Women Voters video interviews 
Charlotte Observer profiles in grid form
UNC-TV Candidate Profiles
Larry Bumgarner http://www.deconsolidate.com/
Elyse Dashew http://dashewforschoolboard.com/
Ericka Ellis-Stewart http://www.ericka4cmsboard.com/
Keith Hurley http://keithhurley.com/
Mary McCray http://www.marymccrayforschoolboard.webs.com/
DeShauna McLamb (no website)
Tim Morgan http://www.morganforschoolboard.net/
Ken Nelson http://www.kenwnelson.com/
Hans Plotseneder http://www.drplots.com/
Aaron Pomis http://www.aaronpomis.com/
Darrin Rankin http://www.rankinforcms.com/
Lloyd Scher http://www.lloydscher.com/
Jeff Wise  http://www.votejeffwise.com/

MAYOR

Charlotte
WTVI videos/debate (coming soon)
Charlotte Observer candidate profiles (coming soon)
UNC-TV Candidate Profiles
Anthony Foxx (D) www.anthonyfoxx.com
Scott Stone (R) www.electscottstone.com

Cornelius
Jeff Tarte running unopposed
Cornelius.net Election 2011 news
UNC-TV Voter Guide

Davidson
Huntersville Herald questions
Davidson.net Election 2011 news
UNC-TV Voter Guide
Vince Winegardner voteforvince.org/
John Woods http://www.mayorjohnwoods.com

Huntersville
UNC-TV Voter Guide
Lake Norman Citizen profiles
Lake Norman Citizen Tilley info (toward end of story )
Huntersville Herald (coming soon)
Beth (Danae) Caulfield www.caulfieldformayor.com
Jill Swain www.jillswain.com

Matthews
UNC-TV Voter Guide
Matthews-Mint Hill Weekly profile

Jim Taylor (unopposed) www.mayorjimtaylor.com/

Mint Hill
UNC-TV Voter Guide
Matthews-Mint Hill Weekly profile 
Ted Biggers minthillmayor.com/
Jean Bonner (no website)


Pineville
George Fowler (unopposed) http://ncvoterguide.org/pineville/mayor_fowler.php


CITY AND TOWN COUNCIL
Charlotte - At-Large

ncvoterguide.org/charlotte/

Patrick Cannon http://www.patrickdcannon.com/page.php?7
Claire Fallon
David Howard http://votedavidhoward.com/
Beth Pickering  http://www.voteforbethpickering.com/
Christopher Hailey http://home.votehailey.com/
Mohamed Moustafa http://www.votemohamedmoustafa.com/
Edwin Peacock http://www.edwinpeacock.com/
Curtis Watkins http://www.curtis-watkins.com/
Alexander Vuchnich http://vuchnichforcitycouncil.org/

District Map

District 1
Patsy Kinsey (D)

District 2
James Mitchell (D)

District 3
LaWana Mayfield (D) www.lawanamayfield.com
Ed Toney (R)

District 4
Michael Barnes (D) http://www.barnesdistrict4.com/
Larry Shannon (R)


District 5
John Autry (D) http://www.johnautry.com/
Dennis Peterson (R) http://electdennispeterson.com/

District 6
Andy Dulin http://www.voteandydulin.com/

District 7
Warren Cooksey http://www.warrencooksey.com/


Cornelius Board of Commissioners
http://ncvoterguide.org/cornelius
John Bradford III
Dave Gilroy
Jeff Hare
Lynette Rinker
Thurman Ross
Chuck Travis

Davidson
http://ncvoterguide.org/davidson/
Kristen Coupal
Jim Fuller
Rodney Graham
Brian Jenest
Mickey Pettus
Laurie Venzon
Connie Wessner

Huntersville
/http://ncvoterguide.org/huntersville/
Melinda Bales
Adam Boatsman
Charles Guignard
Charles Jeter
Ron Julian
Sarah McAulay
Dempsey Miller
Jeff Neely
Danny Phillips
Adam Planty
Brian Sisson

Matthews
http://ncvoterguide.org/matthews/
Paul Bailey
Suzanne Gulley
Jeff Miller
Nancy LaFond Moore
Joe Pata
Kress Query
John Urban

Mint Hill
http://ncvoterguide.org/minthill/
Lloyd D. Austin
Carl (Mickey) Ellington
Christopher McAvoy
Brenda McRae
Eric S. Random
Katrina (Tina) Weaver Ross
Derrick Snyder

Pineville
http://ncvoterguide.org/pineville
Al Baskins
Libby Boyd Boatwright
Melissa Rogers Davis
Jim Eschert
Deborah Fowler
Les Gladden
David Macala
David Phillips

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Educators, we're here for you!


Civics in Action: programs and resources for your classrooms and students 


Kids Voting Mecklenburg is Charlotte's organization dedicated to K-12 civic education. Our programs and resources focus on themes about government, civic participation and leadership to help students in school, build civic literacy and develop young people as effective citizens and leaders.

We combine classroom education and community learning opportunities to maximize comprehension and impact. It’s the best way for students to develop civic literacy and build leadership skills. 


Classroom Resources
  • Tools: Classroom Resource Library and Civic Learning Center
    • Curriculum and resources for civic learning opportunities through the year
    • Some PDF files require a password: civicliteracy
  • Themes center on government, civic participation, law, leadership
  • Flexible and easy to use.  Aligned to NC Standard Course of Study.
  • Civic Education partners include Kids Voting USA, Civic Action Project, NC Civic Education Consortium, iCivics, Newspapers in Education and others.
  • Guides aligning civic education resources to local government resources, leaders, issues. Local curriculum and resources about local/state/national government, leaders, civic participation, current events, etc.
  • Teacher support and professional development opportunities

Civic Learning Opportunities


Learn more

Integrating civic literacy from an early age though high school 
Education Impact 
Overview - Civic Learning Opportunities
Overview - Classroom Resources
Teacher overview

Connect
School Representative
Sign up for e-news and updates
Contact Kids Voting www.kidsvoting.org or info@kidsvoting.org








Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Community service opportunity

Kids Voting is recruiting volunteers to serve as Captains to lead and staff student voting booths for Election 2011. This is a great activity for students, PTAs, businesses, youth groups and others. Service hours are available.

Kids Voting Election
The Kids Voting election is a civic learning opportunity that gives K-12 students a chance to learn about elections and voting by casting ballots on real candidates and issues. In 2010, over 45,000 Charlotte-Mecklenburg students participated. More information is posted at http://portal.kidsvoting.org/election/election_experience.aspx.

Precinct Captain
The captain will be responsible for: attending training; lining up volunteers needed to staff the site and being available to them on your voting date(s); working closely with election officials; managing the Kids Voting booth and ensuring a smooth and orderly election experience; returning ballots and supplies to Kids Voting on Election Night and providing feedback and ideas for Election 2012.

We are looking for captains for two different opportunities:

A. Early Voting - earn up to 25 hours of service Manage a site on Friday October 28 11AM-5PM, Saturday October 29 10AM-1PM, Sunday October 30 1-4PM, and Saturday November 5 10AM-1PM. You can work with a co-captain, and lead a group of volunteers who will staff your voting site (usually working 2 at a time in 3 hour shifts, often fewer individual volunteers working longer shifts if they are students earning service hours). UPDATE: THESE SITES NOW HAVE CAPTAINS. THANK YOU!

B. Election Day - earn up to 10 hours of service
Manage a site on Tuesday, November 8 at 3:30-7:30PM

UPDATE: STILL NEED CAPTAINS AT THESE SITES:


Note: As captain, you do not have to personally be at your site the entire time if you have volunteers working for you. Here's an example of a volunteer schedule.

The captain will attend a one-hour training in mid/late October 2011 (dates will be provided after you register as a captain) for information and supplies.

Sign up to be a captain
Contact info@kidsvoting.org with the following information:
1. Student name
2. School, business or organization name
3. Email and phone number
4. If you are interested in (A) Early Voting or (B) Election Day, or both
5. Area of city/county where you would like to volunteer - we will work with you to identify a site. Sites are located across the community. Sign up today!
Example of voting sites where captains are needed - this list changes frequently

This is a great time to get involved. You can earn service hours, enjoy the excitement of the election, and be first in line to participate for Election 2012.

About Kids Voting Mecklenburg

Kids Voting Mecklenburg educates K-12 students about government, civic participation and leadership through a combination of classroom activities and community learning opportunities throughout the year. Programs and resources help students in school, build civic literacy and develop young people as effective citizens and leaders.

Learn more
Visit http://portal.kidsvoting.org/election/election_experience.aspx
Email info@kidsvoting.org or call 704-343-6999
Facebook www.facebook.com/kidsvotingcharlotte

Monday, October 3, 2011

An unconventional look at political conventions



Charlotte Teachers Institute (CTI) and its partners - including Kids Voting Mecklenburg - will present “Exploding Canons: The Changing Landscapes of Political Conventions” on Friday, Oct. 14, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the UNC Charlotte Center City Campus in Uptown Charlotte.

With this installment of its multidisciplinary speakers series, CTI invites the Charlotte community to take an unconventional look at political conventions. Sponsored by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the program features five faculty members representing diverse academic disciplines from Davidson College, UNC Charlotte and Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools (CMS). Speakers will offer their individual perspectives on various aspects of political conventions, as well as the Democratic National Convention to be held in Charlotte in September 2012.

“Exploding Canons: The Changing Landscapes of Political Conventions” begins with a reception in the Center City Atrium at 5:30 pm., followed by the panel discussion from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. in the Center City Auditorium. Featured topics and discussion leaders are:


  • From Candidate to Nominee: The Rules Behind the 2012 Presidential Nominations,” Josh Putnam, visiting assistant professor of political science, Davidson College
  • Charlotte: The (Un)Conventional City,” Heather Smith, associate professor of geography and earth studies and Urban Institute faculty research associate, UNC Charlotte
  • “Political Socialization: Find Ourselves in Film,” Jeff Joyce, social studies department chair and AP government teacher, W. A. Hough High School
  • "Beyond Citizens-in-the-Making: Changing Understandings of Youth Political Identities," Jessica Taft, assistant professor of sociology, Davidson College
  • “Time to Come Together: How Convention Spaces Shape Unity and Dissent,” Dan Grano, associate professor of communication studies, UNC Charlotte

Mary Newsom, associate director of the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute and former editorial board member and columnist for The Charlotte Observer, will serve as moderator for the panel discussion.

Community partners include the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute, UNC Charlotte Center City, the UNC Charlotte 49er Democracy Experience, and Kids Voting Mecklenburg. The “Exploding Canons” speakers series leverages the partnerships among CTI to offer educators and the public collaborative educational opportunities that highlight university and college faculty, explore diverse topics in an interdisciplinary manner, and encourage community conversation.

This “Exploding Canons” event is free and open to the public. Space is limited, so registration at http://charlotteteachers.org is recommended. CMS teachers and administrators from all grade levels and subject areas are especially encouraged to attend. UNC Charlotte’s Center City Campus is located in downtown Charlotte at 320 E. 9th Street, at the corner of Ninth and Brevard Streets.


Download flyer

Friday, September 30, 2011

Register now for upcoming YouthCivics sessions

Students role play mayor and city council to learn about the city


Taking Civics? Interested in politics, law or service? Want to know how to make a difference on decisions that impact you?

Registration starts October 1 for Kids Voting Mecklenburg's exciting program, YouthCivics. You'll attend real government meetings, see the courthouse and meet a judge, find out who the leaders are, where government gets (and spends) its money, explore careers and more.

YouthCivics is ideal for students in Civics & Economics class and others with an interest in government, politics, law and service. Registration is open for the next 6-week course, which will take place one evening a week in November and December. Sessions will be held at government buildings in downtown Charlotte. Community service hours are available for completing the course, participating in discussions about community issues, and providing important feedback.

Pre-registration is required. Space is limited - sign up now! There is a one time $25 fee for the 6-week course, which includes dinner, handouts and other materials. Scholarships are available. Schedule, session location and directions and other information will be provided after you register.


To register and ask questions, contact info@kidsvoting.org or 704-343-6999. To register, send your name, school, phone number and email address.Put Youth Civics in the subject line or note it somewhere else in the email. (We are also registering students for other programs at the same time.)

Download flyer
General information
View photos and other info from recent YouthCivics courses
Read how YouthCivics impacts student learning, from youth perspective

UPDATE:
Sessions are 6-8PM at government buildings in downtown Charlotte (we will provide directions and info to registered participants). Scheduled dates are:
  • November 15
  • November 21
  • November 30
  • December 6
  • December 13
  • And one additional meeting with officials on one of these dates (participants pick) November 16, November 29, December 7


Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Teaching about local government

Looking for resources to help your students learn more about government?

Local government is a great example - think of all of the educational possibilities! For example, reading and analyzing public documents, writing letters to officials and figuring out who's responsible for different community services.

We are developing tools to boost civic learning inside - and outside - of the classroom. Let us know what you need to teach students about government, civic participation and leadership in the classroom, in the community or at home.

Access Classroom Resource Library at www.kidsvoting.org

Students learn civics best through classroom education combined with community learning opportunities including civics experiences and real examples of government and civic life. Help us to make it happen for your students!




Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Talking with officials



Have you ever wanted to talk with an official about something that matters to you?  Let public officials and decision makers know what you think about an issue, policy or decision that is important to you!

Find out WHAT and WHO and HOW
  • Is one level of government responsible for the issue you want to discuss or learn about?
  • Who is the best person to contact -  for example, who represents your neighborhood or town?
  • How can you contact that person - email? phone? social media?
Here's information that outlines different governments and services, who's in charge, and how to contact them.
  
Ways to talk to officials
  • Sending an email or talking to them on the phone
  • Connecting on Facebook or Twitter
  • Meeting with your public officials
  • Going to a public hearing
  • Inviting public officials and decision makers to your school or organization

Things to keep in mind
  • Remember that you provide a valuable perspective that officials need to hear
  • Listen – to everyone in the room, especially people you disagree with
  • Be respectful and polite
  • Build relationships – don’t only communicate to complain
  • Be open-minded
  • Think critically – connect what you hear with what you know
  • Think like a leader – how does this issue impact others? The future? What can I do to make things better for the most people?
  • Look for facts and figures
  • Identify the intent – even if you don’t like a policy, can you see where the official was going with the idea?

Tips for communicating
  • Mention that you are a student
  • Ask questions and/or state your opinion
  • Get your facts straight
  • Make your comments short and to the point…focus on what’s important
  • Offer suggestions and solutions
  • Ask for specific action
  • Relate to your personal experience
  • Use your own words
  • Don’t waste time on the obvious
  • Ask if you can help be a part of the solution
  • If you are speaking, be confident and clear…and smile
  • If you are writing, spell and punctuate correctly

Learn more