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Campaign 2010: Turning Students Into Voters

image from www.democracyclass.com Thirteen thousand kids turn 18 every day and Rock The Vote is embarking on its biggest midterm voter registration campaign ever.  Events and celebrity appearances this week and following Check it out here, or read thee presser below.

Only 21 states require civics education in their academic programming, this is our effort to make civics more accessible and fun for high school juniors and seniors. The course curriculum is available to teachers nationwide for free download, and we're currently teaching it in OH, FLA, NC, PA and CO. We'll be presenting Democracy Class at the national meeting of the National Council for the Social Studies and other educator conferences this fall. The lesson will also be available to Teach for America members on their teacher resource page and will be brought to B'nai B'rith Youth Organization chapters nationwide. 

Tomorrow should be fun in both DC and LA (where CA Secretary of State Debra Bowen will join us), with a live music performance in the classroom. Let me know if you'd like more information! Press release with details about Democracy Class is attached. Best, Maegan

For immediate release: August 25, 2010

Contact: Maegan Carberry | maegan@rockthevote.com| 202.615.6065  

Rock the Vote Launches Nationwide High School Civics Program at School Without Walls in Washington, DC
“Democracy Class” pairs music & education to encourage students to register to vote

WHAT: Rock the Vote along with hip hop artist Tabi Bonney, will join School Without 
Walls students in the classroom to launch “Democracy Class” – a national high school 
civics program. Through this free and non-partisan class, youth nationwide will learn 
about the history of voting, the connection between issues they care about and those 
they elect to office, and their right to vote. The lesson engages students with music and 
pop culture to start a discussion, and demystifies the voter registration process by 
walking them through the key steps. 

The classroom presentation will be followed by a press conference to provide more 
information on Rock the Vote’s nationwide push to engage, educate and register high 
school students.  

WHO: Rock the Vote with former public school teacher & rap artist Tabi Bonney, and 
School Without Walls students and teacher. 

WHEN: Tuesday, Aug. 31  
12:45 – 1:15 p.m. EST  Press Check-in (see administration desk upon arrival) 
1:20 p.m. – 2:10 EST Classroom Presentation (open to media)  
2:15 p.m. – 3:15 EST Press Conference in the multipurpose room 

WHERE: School Without Walls (2130 G St., NW, Washington, D.C. 20037) The school 
is located between G & F and 21st & 22nd Streets NW.  

Please RSVP in advance to maegan@rockthevote.com.  


For more information on Democracy Class read our launch release or visit 

About Rock the Vote: 
Rock the Vote engages young people in our democracy and builds their political power 
by registering, educating and turning them out to vote, by forcing the candidates to 
campaign to them, and by making politicians pay attention to youth and the issues 
they care about once in office. We use music, popular culture, new technologies and old 
fashioned grassroots organizing to engage and mobilize young people to participate in 
every election, and provide the information and tools they need to do so.  And we 
amplify the actions of those young people who step up to claim their voice in the 
process in order to create political and social change.


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