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Friday, February 18, 2011

Stop the presses: Kids Voting not eliminated

We need to clarify something reported in the Charlotte Observer, News and Observer and other news sources regarding Governor Perdue's recommended budget and Kids Voting.

This story (which originated in the News and Observer) outlines the Governor's proposed budget, including school nonprofit programs. It says she "eliminates the following nonprofits: Kids Voting..."

To be clear, Governor Perdue wants to eliminate a program grant, a small part of the $3.2 billion cuts she proposes. In 2010, there was a Kids Voting program appropriation through the Department of Public Instruction - Kids Voting Mecklenburg received less than 15% of that funding. Despite a 2011 budget cut to the Kids Voting program, the NC budget does not eliminate the Kids Voting Mecklenburg organization!

Confusing? A little. (Coincidentally, we have an expert communications team - and Wray Ward - helping us on just that kind of thing. More on that later!)

Kids Voting Mecklenburg is a nonprofit organization that operates a variety of K-12 education programs impacting tens of thousands of students in the Charlotte area. This includes:
  • Free K-12 civic learning resources for schools;
  • Teacher support and leadership/professional development;
  • Teen programs such as Youth Civics and Youth Leadership Council/Mecklenburg Youth Voice; and,
  • The traditional "Kids Voting" mock election program.
We partner with CMS, non-public schools and youth programs to help students in school and develop their knowledge and skills for effective 21st century leadership and citizenship.

Whether we're in or out of the Governor's budget, we're still working hard to educate students, raise citizens and build leaders. Please help us to make sure that Kids Voting Mecklenburg's efforts are never eliminated.

Here's how you can make a tax-deductible financial contribution today to support Kids Voting Mecklenburg, a 501c3 nonprofit organization:
  • Make a secure, quick contribution online;
  • Mail a check payable to Kids Voting Mecklenburg, 700 E Stonewall Street Suite 710, Charlotte NC 28202; and,
  • Contact us about connecting your organization through a highly visible business sponsorship, grant or other ways to support K-12 civic education and leadership in the Charlotte area.
With your support, we're heading into our 20th program year and going strong. Thank you for working with us to make it happen!