It is crucial to the health of our nation that the youth learn about how our government systems work beyond abstract concepts like separation of powers. Understanding how power and information are used to create/affect/change policy, the role that voting plays in protecting the system, and how these systems can be used and misused are central to building an educated populace. You have start early.
Cook Out The Vote develops programs to augment civics programs and provide opportunities for students to get hands-on experience during elections with collaborative research projects. Students help Cook Out The Vote develop new data about voting patterns; talk to poll workers about their experiences, expectations, and problems; and engage with the political process on the ground. Helping with events is also a great opportunity for students to gain a deeper understanding about how data is developed and used, and to connect with our voting rights and technology partners in these areas.