Through GenerationNation’s annual student election program, students read, think, decide, and make their voices heard through educational election experiences.

Charlotte nonprofit GenerationNation offers a variety of lessons, resources, and activities that are age-appropriate, are easy to integrate into existing lesson plans, and are based on standards, literacy, and critical thinking.  All GenerationNation programs are nonpartisan.

Programs, lessons, and resources help students to build civic literacy and engagement from an early age. Through the election program, 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.

The annual K-12 student mock election offers students the opportunity to make their voices heard through a hands-on election experience. In Mecklenburg County, students have the opportunity to cast their own ballots October 24-November 8, 2016 at school and at selected voting sites across the community, and take part in service-learning volunteer opportunities. Mock election voting tools and activities are also available for classrooms in other cities and school districts.

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About GenerationNation

From a child’s first vote to a teen’s first civic leadership role and continued informed, active civic participation through college, career, and civic life, Charlotte nonprofit GenerationNation educates and engages a new generation of citizens and leaders.

GenerationNation programs include K-12 curriculum and teacher support, the annual student mock election, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Youth Council, and Youth Lead Charlotte-Mecklenburg. Nearly 1 million Charlotte-Mecklenburg students have built and applied civic knowledge and skills through GenerationNation programs. Launched in 1992 as a mock election event called Kids Voting, GenerationNation now works year-round through expanded programming and deeper student civic and educational impact.

Through GenerationNation, students learn how their communities and governments work, explore key issues and different points of view, know how to analyze and use news and information, and gain the knowledge, experience, and readiness to become active and informed citizens and leaders.

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