PHILLY TEENS CALL FOR VOTER EDUCATION IN DISTRICT SCHOOLS
Teens in the PA Youth Vote summer theatre ensemble debuted How’s Your Voice Gonna Matter If You Don’t Vote! The song, dance, and interactive performance advocates for voter education and registration in high schools. They performed outside the School District of Philadelphia last Thursday, August 19, 2021–and several members of the Philadelphia Board of Education came out of the building to watch. Students followed up their act with testimonies at the board meeting later that afternoon.
As Thomas Quinn of PA Youth Vote shared, roughly 8,000 public high school students become eligible to vote each year in Philadelphia. But actual voter turnout remains low. There is no policy in place to assure that these students are registered to vote at school to have a voice in our democracy.
“It’s important because without education about the real world being a part of our core of education, we can’t be fully successful. If we don’t know how to be civically engaged, we don’t know how to be responsible citizens.”Central High School PA Youth Vote member Rebecca Allen
How’s Your Voice Gonna Matter If You Don’t Vote! is criss-crossing Philadelphia through Election Day 2021. Learn more here.