LWVA views our youth as critical to the future health of our democracy. With this in mind, we are exploring a number of ways to increase youth awareness of issues affecting their lives. On a practical level, we encourage and assist voting-age youth to exercise the right to vote. Youth outreach is perhaps our most important mission.
In partnership with the College of Alameda, LWVA has created the Democracy Matters: LWVA/CoA High School Civics Scholarship Program to help students become informed, critical thinkers and participants in Making Democracy Work.
This lively educational program encourages students to develop their communication skills in competition with their peers by analyzing and taking positions on key public policy issues.
Debate topics are selected from positions taken by the League of Women Voters. The winner receives a $1,000 scholarship, and the runner up a $500 scholarship. All participants earn League recognition and a unit/credit in Communications from the College of Alameda.
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The League of Women Voters of Alameda (LWVA) with the assistance of the Registrar of Voters (ROV) visit civic classes in participating Alameda high schools once a year to demonstrate online voter registration through the website of the Secretary of State.
The ROV helps students understand the responsibilities of keeping one's registration current.
The LWVA demonstrates the use of the website; Voter's Edge California provides unbiased, in-depth voting information on candidates and ballot measures.