K-12 students had the opportunity to experience Election 2016 and explore civics in action through Charlotte nonprofit GenerationNation’s annual student election program. The program, the nation’s largest community-based mock election, is in its 25th year. In Charlotte-Mecklenburg, it is a partnership of GenerationNation, Mecklenburg County Board of Elections, and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.
Over 93,000 students participated in the Election 2016 program. They cast their own ballots at over 120 schools hosting schoolwide or gradewide votes and at 55 community sites in Charlotte-Mecklenburg. The community student voting booths were run by 250+ students whose service-learning efforts helped kid voters and while serving the community and exploring the election process and democracy.
The election program is based on civic literacy, critical thinking, and curriculum standards. Students analyze candidate speeches, debates, videos, and text; read, write, and discuss headlines and information; build news literacy; create campaign strategy; learn about the offices on the ballot, levels of government, and the election process; explore elections and voting at the local, state, national levels; make informed decisions; experience democracy through the annual student mock election; and more.
After students read, think, and decide, they vote! The annual K-12 student mock election offers students the opportunity to make their voices heard through a hands-on election experience. Mock election activities are also available for classrooms in other cities and school districts. Students had the opportunity to cast their own ballots October 24-November 8 online and at school, and October 29, October 31, November 5, and November 8 at selected Mecklenburg County voting sites.
Teaching resources for Election 2016 will continue to be updated and available through Inauguration Day in January 2017. The next student election will be held in 2017.
Student results Election 2016
Charlotte nonprofit GenerationNation connects classroom education with hands-on learning to build civic literacy and leadership from an early age. Programs include K-12 curriculum and teacher support, the annual student mock election(Kids Voting), Charlotte-Mecklenburg Youth Council, and Youth Lead Charlotte-Mecklenburg. Nearly 1 million Charlotte-Mecklenburg students have built and applied civic knowledge and experience through GenerationNation programs. Launched in 1992 as a mock election event called Kids Voting, GenerationNation now works year-round to educate and engage a new generation of citizens and leaders.
For more information and to sign up for the email list, access lessons and materials, and participate in programs, visit www.GenerationNation.org .