The League offers three youth programs in Saratoga County:
- Students Inside Albany, an annual conference for high school students.
- Take Me to Vote, a program for fifth grade students to accompany their parents to the polls on election day.
- First Vote, a program for graduating seniors that supplies information about voter registration and voting.
Getting Civics Back in the Classroom
The State League office has a very exciting new project in the works with the State Education Department and the NYS Social Studies Supervisors Association (NYSSSA). The League was contacted by the two agencies during the fall of 2016 about a potential push to get civics back into classrooms. We are just in the beginning stages of this campaign but the goal of the project is to ensure that all seniors are registered to vote before they graduate from high school.
As a first step, the state League will be hosting an exhibit table at the NYSSSA convention in March. We will be distributing information on registering students to vote to all social studies teachers. We will also be handing out our membership brochures, Citizen Lobbyist, First Vote, SIA materials, and Constitutional Convention materials. We will be giving teachers contact information for Local League Presidents in their area. It is our hope that local Leagues will help these teachers in securing additional materials to get their students registered to vote as well as answer any questions they may have about holding voter drives or submitting completed voter registration forms.
In addition to attending the convention, we are working on a joint letter with NYSSA and SED to all School District Superintendents telling them about our goal to get all students registered and asking them to help us achieve this goal. In the long term, we hope to help SED get civics back into the schools and possibly do civics programs for the general community and new citizens.