Every day nearly 12,000 young people turn 18 years old, and unfortunately there is no systematic way in this country to register them to vote and educate them about the political process and the power of their participation.
What if every young person in America had a civic education in high school and was taught about their power as citizens in our democracy? And one day, once a year, every student in America was asked to register to vote and given the tools they need to participate in elections? That’s what we at Rock the Vote are hoping to accomplish – by offering Democracy Class as the first step toward civic education for all!
“Democracy Day” is the celebration of young people’s role in our democracy. Schools celebrate Democracy Day by bringing Rock the Vote’s Democracy Class into their classrooms and educating their students about our country’s elections process and the power of their participation and creating a moment they will never forget.
Five years ago, Rock the Vote launched Democracy Class with the vision of engaging young Americans in elections through a high school civics education program. Each year we celebrate Democracy Day and the anniversary of the 26th Amendment, which gave 18-year-olds the right to vote. Since then, over three thousand schools, in all 50 states, have taught Democracy Class – with hundreds of elected officials and celebrities joining with students, teachers and educators to celebrate the Day.
We invite you to join us on March 23, 2015 to host a “Democracy Day” in your classroom.
Here are a few highlights from previous years:
- Glee’s Darren Criss hosted a Democracy Day celebration at Alexander Hamilton High School in Los Angeles, CA, teaching a Democracy Class and leading a rally at lunchtime.
- Jason Derulo surprised Bronx Guild High Schools students as a guest teacher on Democracy Day.
- US Representative Jay Inslee joined students at Lake Washington High School in Kirkland, Washington.
- Secretary of State Jon Husted led Democracy Class at LaBrae High School in Northeast Ohio.
- The School District of Philadelphia taught Democracy Class in more than 35 of the city’s high schools.
- Hip-hop duo the New Boyz brought Democracy Class on a three-city tour through Detroit, Cleveland and Cincinnati.
- Jermaine Dupri teamed up with State Senator Jason Carter to teach Democracy Class in Atlanta.
- The Youth Policy Institute, the largest after school program in the country, taught Democracy Class in dozens of its high schools in Los Angeles with Vampire Diaries star and singer Kat Graham, NFL players Shawne Merriman and Bernard Berrian, Major League Soccer pro Jimmy Conrad and rappers David Banner and Asher Roth.
About Democracy Class
Rock the Vote's Democracy Class program is designed to educate and excite high school students about voting and elections. This nonpartisan lesson plan uses music, pop culture, video, classroom discussion and a mock election to teach young people the skills to navigate the elections process and engage as active citizens.
About Rock the Vote
Rock the Vote's mission is to engage and build political power for young people in our country. Founded twenty-three years ago at the intersection of popular culture and politics, Rock the Vote has registered more than six million people to vote and has become a trusted source of information for young people about registering to vote and casting a ballot. Rock the Vote uses music, popular culture, new technologies and grassroots organizing to motivate and mobilize young people in our country to participate in every election. Visit RockTheVote.com for more information.