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Civic Education in Schools


and Community


Our mission is to foster more active and informed citizens by providing nonpartisan, reliable resources and educational opportunities that advance the understanding of our representative government, elections, and voting.

CIVIC EDUCATION IN SCHOOLS

     
    High School Outreach-- CLASSROOM Presentations

During February through April, 2022, we presented our in-person presentation to 670 Allegheny County high school students  and received about 300 student voter registrations.  In the fall, we will be distributing "Happy 18th Birthday" posters with QR code to Allegheny County high schools, so that students may complete voter registration just as soon as they become eligible.  Our nonpartisan, 40-minute presentations include civic education and voter registration. 

Happy 18th Birthday Card

Please contact us for more information and to schedule a visit at:
civic.education@lwvpgh.org

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See More About Our High School Outreach
See More About Our High School Outreach

Over the past four years, we have presented in-person and virtual classroom lessons to at least 2500 students and received at least 1500 voter registrations--with the help of our dedicated presenters and committed volunteers.  Because we promote Turbovote.org during our virtual classroom lessons, an exact count of new voter registrations during COVID has not been easy. The advantage of Turbovote is that multiple and ongoing reminder text messages about voter registration status and each current election are sent to the students who sign up.

 

Our outreach includes many digital resources, including infographics, tutorials, and virtual classroom lessons. We also have digital resources for teachers, including open-ended questions to extend student learning and resource websites.


We have received overwhelmingly positive feedback from students and teachers about our program. 


CIVIC EDUCATION MODEL 2021-22 from the
League of Women Voters of Greater Pittsburgh

If you are a League member interested in starting your own High School Voter Outreach program or if you would like to download the resources we use, click here:
 LWVPGH CIVIC EDUCATION MODEL 2021-2022 PDF
Download:  www.lwvpgh.org/docs.ashx?id=831952

"The Youth Vote" WQED Video

 

In February 2020, before schools closed, High School Voter Outreach volunteers visited Brentwood High School to present their voter registration/civic education program. 

Brentwood won the 2020 GOLD Governor's Civic Engagement Award, and along with the League of Women Voters of Greater Pittsburgh, was featured in a PA Department of State webinar on August 20, which promoted best practices in youth voter outreach.

If you will be 18 by November 8, 2022, you can register to vote NOW!


If you have a Pennsylvania Driver's License or PennDOT ID, you can REGISTER ONLINE at VotesPA.com. You may also use the last 4 digits of your Social Security # if you download your signature. REGISTER NOW!


Additional information can be found here:

MAKE A PLAN Webpage  MAIL-IN VOTING Webpage  NEW and YOUNG VOTERS Webpage 

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Are you a Teacher, School Counselor, Parent or Grandparent?  Do you have an 18- to 24-year-old in your life?  Give them the gift of democracy! 

Young people want to be seen and heard.  
     Help young people take ownership of the power that comes from the rights and responsibilities of turning eighteen.   Share the 18th Birthday card with QR CODE or these other graphics with the young people in your lives!

 18th Birthday Card PA       18th Birthday Card US      Claim Your Power- C-U     
Download: 

18th Birthday in PA:  www.lwvpgh.org/docs.ashx?id=907645
18th Birthday in US:  www.lwvpgh.org/docs.ashx?id=907636
Claim Your Power (College-University): www.lwvpgh.org/docs.ashx?id=910789

Find DIGITAL RESOURCES for
 TEACHERS (and other life-long learners!)
Voter Resource Library photo
Explainers, graphics, videos, and more

VOTER RESOURCE LIBRARY
Facts for Citizens", a directory for contact local, state and federal elected officials, and more
Facts for Citizens 2021 Digital"
Learn how to debunk dis-information with this graphic

FACT OR FICTION Graphic
Websites, lessons, and more for teachers and students

Resources for Civic Education


College and University Outreach

Our volunteers share the League of Women Voters of Greater Pittsburgh's digital resources
with College and University staff to amplify our reach to students through school
social media, websites and email to students.

"
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provide short social media messages with links to relevant infographics and other documents.  Getting these resources directly to college and university students helps them to find reliable and trustworthy election, voting and government information.

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How to Be a Citizen Activist Presentation
How to Be a Citizen Activist Presentation

"How to Be a Citizen Activist" Presentation

From August through November, 2021, members of the Civic Education Team were invited to college-university campuses to present "How to Be a Citizen Activist": 101 Years of Advocacy and Action by the League of Women Voters".  


The presentations at Carnegie Mellon University, University of Pittsburgh, La Roche University, Chatham Pennsylvania Women in Politics--in partnership with the Black Political Empowerment Project (B-PEP), and Duquesne University were in-person. Most were livestreamed, recorded, and shared in campus newsletters.


The League's grassroots, bottom-up process of study and consensus, to Position to advocacy and action were explored.  Specific actions students could take to become better "Citizen Activists" were framed as being every citizen's duty. 

"Empowering Voters, Defending Democracy"

CIVIC EDUCATION IN COMMUNITY
Ready Set Vote Bag

Do You Have a Need for PRINTED VOTER MATERIALS?
Contact us at civic.education@lwvpgh.org

    

READY-SET-VOTE DOOR HANGER BAGS
Did you know that because of COVID and other factors, a segment as large as 40% of our resilient community does not have access to reliable technology?  To respond to this need our team has created, packed, and distributed 14,000 door hanger bags to high schools and community partners. These grant-funded bags contain voter registration materials and our unique civic education infographics, plus more.

--Over 2000 bags:  In 2020 resulted in new voter registrations--like the 187 student registrations at Pittsburgh Public Schools. 

--3000 bags for the 2021 Municipal Elections to PPS high schools and community partners
--9000 bags for the 2022 Primary Federal and State Election--4000 for the Primary and 5000
for the 2022 General Election to PPS high schools, Westmoreland high schools, and community partners.

 

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PRINTED VOTER MATERIALS
PRINTED VOTER MATERIALS

Did you know that because of COVID and other factors, a segment as large as 40% of our community does not have access to reliable technology?  To respond to this need our team:


--In 2020, created and distributed grant-funed, printed voter materials.  Ready-Set-VOTE! door hanger bags of materials for over 2000 individuals resulted in new voter registrations--like the 187 student registrations at Pittsburgh Public Schools. These bags contain voter registration forms and instructions, but also our unique Civic Education infographics.


--For the 2021 Municipal Primary, printed voter materials for 1200 individuals were created and distributed.


--For the Municipal General Election on November 2, 2021, 1000 Ready-Set-VOTE! bags have been distributed to school and community partners.


--For the 2022 Primary we assembled and distributed 3000+ Ready-Set-VOTE! bags to Pittsburgh Public Schools and other Allegheny County community partners, plus donated materials for 1000 bags to Westmorland County schools and community.


--For the 2022 Midterm General Election we will be assembling and distributing 5000 Ready-Set-VOTE! bags to schools and community partners.


Do you have a need for printed materials? Please contact us at civic.education@lwvpgh.org.


NEED for DIGITAL RESOURCES

During each election season, we update and share our digital resources found in the
VOTER RESOURCE LIBRARY with broad coalitions of community partners.  

VOTER RESOURCE LIBRARY

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