KVUSA is a national, nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization that works with more than 4.5 million K-12 students in civic education and citizenship with a particular focus and a national standard based curriculum that promotes informed voting, technology and media literacy, and service learning and community engagement.
We operate through a national network of community-based affiliates in 19 different states that partner with schools and election officials. It is this combination of classroom instruction, family dialogue and an authentic voting experience that makes Kids Voting USA a powerful strategy for achieving long-term change in voting behavior. This ongoing education develops strong skills and habits for living in a democracy.
After classroom preparation, students take part in a voting experience using a ballot that mirrors that of the adults with the same candidates and issues. This “real life” practice dispels the mysteries of the voting process and reinforces the knowledge and skills gained through Kids Voting classroom activities. The 2012 election marks the sixth presidential election since the founding of Kids Voting USA in 1988 and the organization’s launch in 1992.
The Kids Voting USA affiliate network is busy all year around, every year. Besides the curriculum and providing the voting experience to students, the affiliates are committed to presenting other civic engagement and community related events. Some of the various other activities hosted include issue and candidate forums, youth summits, youth civic classes or trainings and essay, poster and editorial cartoon contests.
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