The Arsalyn Program, in partnership with organizations like the Constitutional Rights Foundation has sponsored several training seminars like our “Closing the Civic Achievement Gap – Preparing ALL Students for College, Career, and Citizenship.”
At these seminars, we invite dedicated middle and high school teachers to join us in discovering ways to engage students actively in the social studies.
Past events have included sessions on how to move Civics education beyond the classroom and use the school campus and community as places of learning and participating teachers typically receive a stipend for their attendance.
For the last three Presidential elections we have seen an increase in youth voter turnout and nearly 2 million more young people voted in 2008 than in 2004. The percentage of turnout among young people in 2008 was 51.1%, the third highest since the voting age was lowered to 18. Many predict that this marks an end to the declining trend of young voter turnout, but we shouldn’t be so quick to think the battle to increase youth civic engagement is over.
In 2008 51.1% of voters ages 18-29 came to the polls, but this is almost 10 percentage points lower than the population at large who participated at 61%. The last time youth turned out in similar numbers to 2008 was 1992, when 52% of young voters went to the polls. But then in 1996 we saw a 12.6% drop in youth participation in the voting process. 1992 was an exciting election year, but it was followed by the largest single drop in young voter participation.
The Arsalyn Program is proud to be one of many great sponsors of the Los Angeles County Constitution Day celebration on September 13, 2014.