“We want to help you make your school a civic engagement and voter registration hub for your entire community. We’ll help provide the tools, training, support, and connections to make the efforts at your school a success… This is bigger than one party or one election, it’s about empowering the next generation to make their mark on the future.”
VOTING FOR THE FUTURE
WHAT IS MY SCHOOL VOTES
My School Votes (MSV) builds student-led voter registration clubs in high schools across the country. We’ll give you the training and resources you need to ensure every eligible student in your school is registered and ready to vote each year, every year.
Together, we will develop leadership skills, advocate for local issues, create exceptional voter registration campaigns, and launch young people into cycles of life-long civic engagement.
ONLINE VOTER REGISTRATION PORTAL
Your school community can have access to its own unique voter registration portal that students and community members can use to register to vote. You will receive your portal in 48 hours along with online voter registration portal links, QR codes, and QR coded posters. Portal schools will also receive access to our national trainings and one-on-one staff support.
My School Votes Clubs ensure voter registration happens every year and students develop the skills to take on social issues they care about. Students also gain community service hours and prepare their resume for college.
NOTE: You can do this work through an existing club, like Student Council or Key Club. Register with us to gain access to all the perks of an MSV Club!
MSV Clubs have access to Civics 101: High Schools, our year-long training program in advocacy and organizing that applies civics to the real world. Students and educators learn how to organize and mobilize their school communities to execute effective voter registration and issue-based campaigns. *Civics 101: Middle Schools and Civics 101: Elementary Schools coming soon!
YOUR SCHOOL IS YOUR COMMUNITY
If you are a high school student, of any grade, this program is for you!
Any high school student can start or lead an MSV Club. MSV programming puts the power in the hands of students. You’re never too young to make a difference, so start by impacting your school. Even if you cannot register or vote yet, you can join in this work. MSV needs you!
EDUCATORS AND ADMINISTRATORS
Administrators and educators of any grade or subject can start a MSV Club. At MSV, we bring together everyone from social studies and math teachers to librarians and counselors, who serve as club advisors. Our MSV advisors are an integral part of the MSV mission, and ensure that the program becomes a fixed and multigenerational presence at their schools. MSV Clubs are designed to be led by students, with educators serving as advisors.
Administrators interested in bringing My School Votes to your district or network, join our mission.
Educator Advisor Council
Curt N. Lee
Curt received his bachelors’ degrees in sociology and political science from the University of Michigan. He also earned a master’s degree in education from the University of Michigan. His primary job is teaching social studies at Westside Academy in Detroit, MI. Curt also works as a research assistant at the University of Michigan’s Ford School of Public Policy. He is a strong advocate for students and marginalized communities.
Karen has worked to support young people using the power, they already have to make change in their school and DC community through her classroom. Now Karen is working to support high schools across DC to use more whole child and antiracist practices in schools. She is excited to bring both her classroom teaching experience and student organizing experience to the My School Votes Educator Advisory Council.
Catherine is the History Department Chair at Breck School in Minnesota and serves as the advisor of Voterama, an initiative focused on increasing civic participation. Previously, Catherine was Director of Community Engagement & Experiential Learning at Georgetown Day School. Since 2020, she has served as the President of the Partnership of Schools with Public Purpose. Catherine received her Master’s from Columbia University and is a graduate of Loyola University Maryland.
Chris is a National Board Certified social studies teacher in Atlanta Public Schools. In addition to his 11-year teaching career, Chris has designed history and civics curriculum, facilitated professional development at a national institute, and served as a department chair. Guided by a philosophy that schools should embrace the lived experience of their students and build bridges in a community, Chris has initiated civic engagement programs throughout his career.
Cristofer is a Civics and Economics teacher at RJ Reynolds High School in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He has served as a classroom teacher for nearly two decades and has dedicated his service to a full range of diverse students in the secondary setting, from sheltered English Language Learner classes to Advanced Placement courses. Wiley has also worked as an adjunct professor of education at Wake Forest University.
Jen is a 2022 NEA Foundation Awardee for Teaching Excellence, and the 2021 New York State Teacher of the Year, and National Board Certified Teacher in AYA Social Studies. She has taught social studies for the past 25 years at Oceanside High School in Oceanside, NY. An alumna of the 2015 US Department of Education’s Teach to Lead Boston Summit, published author, speaker and Mom, Jen teaches her students about the power of raising their voices for change.
My School Votes provided our district with essential tools to engage students in a meaningful and effective High School Voter Registration Drive. Our students were highly motivated and excited to encourage their fellow classmates to register!
I honestly have a newfound respect for my generation. I have opinions that differ from many others in MSV, but I never really felt like I was judged for my views. I always see on social media people posting “if you support X, block me” and I lost faith in bipartisanship. MSV completely turned that around and I am extremely glad for it.
Education programming should be primarily concerned with activating students’ curiosity and confidence to the point that they want to share their learning, ideas, and passions with the world. My School Votes’ active civics programming infuses civics learning in the K-12 classroom, while giving students years of experience in being active members of their community. With this program, students leave high school with a wealth of knowledge that they will truly know how to apply.
This organization was truly life changing and it brought me out of one of the darkest places of my life. It is truly the most fulfilling thing I have ever participated in and I wouldn’t change anything.
RESOURCES & OPPORTUNITIES WITH MSV
Online Voter Registration Portal:
- Personalized training and support for schools
- Includes unique online voter registration portal links, QR codes, QR coded posters
Volunteer Email Template:
For When We All Vote volunteers looking to support MSV and youth engagement
Student Ambassadors Program:
- Paid summer leadership training program
- Meet other student-leaders across the country
- Comprised of students, parents, teachers, and administrators
- Provides strategic guidance to MSV