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Kids Voting is available to all Durham public, charter, private, and home schools, as well as youth groups and organizations, at no cost. Sign up your school to vote in the current elections using the button in the right column or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Kids Voting Durham provides you all the training and supplies you need, and you will receive your school and Durham-wide Kids Voting results the morning after Election Day.
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A variety of class and individual students volunteer projects such as managing Kids Voting Durham voting stations, moderating our candidate forums, writing candidate guides, and creating videos on civic issues. More information on current opportunities can be found here about classroom projects and in our Students section.
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You can find useful classroom resources – often created by students for other students — related to our current elections on our Elections page. We also have grade specific lesson plans on Evaluating Candidates, City Government, Voting, Democracy, and Citizenship. Looking for a specific lesson or topic? Contact us and we can help.
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Kids Voting Durham Announces New Advisory Board Co-Chair Shirley Garrett Kids Voting Durham is thrilled to announce that Shirley Garrett, a long-time Kids Voting youth leadership volunteer & intern and board member, has been appointed as Co-Chair of the KVD Advisory Board. JC Swansey, who has chaired the KVD Advisory Board for the last 7 years, said “Having Shirley move from youth volunteer to youth leader to now the top level of Kids Voting leadership on the Advisory Board, takes Kids Voting another step toward being youth-led in direction and vision at all levels.” Shirley described her long history with KVD: I began volunteering with Kids Voting Durham when I was a freshman at Durham School of the Arts. I remember our Director, Carolyn using a whiteboard to draw out the differences between the responsibilities of City vs. County government. Until that point, I never realized how much of my life was deeply influenced by decisions made by people who lived mere miles from me. That day I rushed to my parents’ car when they picked me up and excitedly shared everything I had just learned. They were long-time residents of Durham but had never voted in a municipal election…..
2020 Kids Voting Durham Election Results View election results data by clicking through the slides using the arrows at the bottom of the slide deck. Below you can find the results of specific schools. Click the school’s name to view their election results data. Kids Voting Durham Results by School Click the school’s name to view their election results data. School results will not be available until later Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning. Bethesda Elementary School Brogden Middle Burton Magnet Elementary School Carrington Middle C.C. Spaulding Elementary Club Boulevard Elementary Creekside Durham School of the Arts Easley Elementary Eastway Elementary E.K. Powe Elementary Eno Valley Fayetteville Street Elementary Forest View George Watts Montessori Githens Middle Hillandale Elementary Hillside New Tech Holt Elementary Hope Creek Academy Hope Valley Elementary Immaculata Catholic School Jordan High School Lakewood Elementary Lakewood Montessori Lowe’s Grove Magnet Middle School Lucas Middle Maureen Joy Charter School Merrick-Moore Elementary Morehead Montessori Elementary NCSSM Neal Middle Northern High School Pearsontown Elementary R.N. Harris Elementary Riverside High School Rogers-Herr Middle Sandy Ridge Visual and Performing Arts Elementary School for Creative Studies Southern School of Energy and Sustainability Spring Valley Y.E. Smith Elementary Click links below….
The Virtual Stickers are here! Does Kids Voting being all online this year mean no I Voted sticker? NO WAY! It means MORE stickers, sparkly stickers stickers, colorful stickers and more ways to show off what an awesome and engaged citizen you are! Click on the stickers below to get them on the KVD Giphy channel and share them on your social media or download them and share them anywhere! Parents, you can get in on the action too! Go to Facebook Frames and search for “Kids Voting” to get this cool “My Kid Voted” frame for your profile pic! And the best part? Many of these fantastic stickers can be used year-round — not just at Election time — to show off your sense of civic pride and engaged citizenship! Thanks to KVD Board Member Rudi Petry for many of the designs and to KVD Board Member and long-time youth leader Shirley Garrett for help on the tech end!
COVID is adding to what first-time voters need to do to prepare to cast their first ballot. KVD youth leader Emma Busch has talked to the Durham Board of Elections and has some tips for new voters and other adults heading to the polls this fall!
SCROLL DOWN FOR ENGLISH Concurso de arte de Kids Voting: Jóvenes, díganles a todos en Durham por que deben votar ¡Hazle saber a Durham lo importante que es votar este otoño! Envía tu obra de arte original, poesía o vídeo sobre la importancia de la votación a Kids Voting Durham y aparecerás en las campañas de sacar el voto de Kids Voting en nuestra comunidad y en los medios de comunicación social, y ¡también tendrás la oportunidad de ganar una camiseta de Kids Voting! ¿Por qué? Porque los adultos y los jóvenes necesitan saber que en nuestra democracia su voto es su voz. Aunque los menores de 18 años aún no determinan quién será elegido, puedes ayudar animando a otros a votar y ayudando a la gente a participar en esta importante elección. ¿Que? Obras que no sean partidistas y que sean apropiadas para niños: Obra de arte original (Cuadrada: 1080 por 1080 pixeles (1:1 o cuadrado) O Video original de 1-minuto de duración O Una poesía o escritura corta ¿Quién? * TODO joven de 18 años o menos – queremos escuchar de todas las edades * Si gustan, los niños muy pequeños pueden presentar una obra de arte hecha….
Daily activities to keep your civic knowledge, skills, and spirit sharp while social distancing!
YOUTH CAN VOTE TOO 03.03.2020 Durham Youth, your KVD vote is your voice in this election! Come out to a precinct with Kids Voting Tuesday, March 3, until 7:30 pm! Can’t make it to a polling site? Vote online at www.kidsvotingdurham.org/elections anytime through Tuesday, 3/3 at 7:30 pm to have your vote included in the KVD total. KVD ELECTIONS PAGE – VOTE ONLINE! KVD YOUTH CANDIDATE GUIDE CONTACT US BY EMAIL
2020 SPRING ELECTION RESULTS Durham School Board and County Commissioner Elections This article will be updated throughout the day as we speak with more KVD youth voters about their experience and gather images from KVD voting. Over 3000 Durham youth have cast their votes in the Durham School Board and County Commissioners elections, and they have voted Alexandra Valladares as their top choice for Durham At-Large School Board, along with Jovonia Lewis & Xavier Cason in Consolidate d A & B. Paula Januzzi-Godfrey received 31% of the youth vote and Steve Unruhe 25% Asked how they decided which candidate to vote for, a number of youth said that they found the candidates’ own websites and social media the most useful. Others said they had talked with friends and family to help make their decision. Durham’s adult voters also elected Alexandra Valladares to the At-Large School Board seat but by a wider margin than youth giving her 60% of the vote. In the County Commissioner primary race. those under 18 chose LeVon Barnes, an educator at DPS School for Creative Studies, as their top choice for those who should go on to the November election. Nida Allam, Nate Baker, Matt Kopec….
Make Elections A Family Affair! Research shows that the biggest indicator of whether or not a child will grow up to be a regular, informed voter and engaged citizen is family involvement. So make elections a family affair! Here are some easy things you can do in the weeks leading up to Durham’s School Board Elections and primaries: LEARN ABOUT LOCAL GOVERNMENT Read the “What School Board and County Government does” sections of the KVD 2020 Spring Youth Candidate Guide (www.kidsvotingdurham.org/2020-spring-youth-candidate-guide ) and have family members “spy” when local government is part of your day. Talk about how much County and School government affects each of your days. LEARN ABOUT CANDIDATES & ELECTIONS TOGETHER View the candidate videos or read the candidate profiles at www.kidsvotingdurham.org/2020-spring-youth-candidate-guide and decide who you most agree with. Use the Candidate Graphic Organizer available at www.kidsvotingdurham..org/elections to gather your thoughts. GET OUT THE VOTE! Did you know that only 5-15% of Durham adults usually turn out for local elections? Make flyers about voting and post them on social media and in the community or throw your own “Family Voting Celebration” with the downloadable kit at www.kidsvotingdurham.org/parents TAKE ON AN ISSUE Decide what issues your family is….
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