Resource of the week: Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement  

"Talking to the kids made it more understandable for me too. When they grow up, they'll hear about how bad voter turnout was and they won't just say 'whatever."

- a Democracy in Action high school student-instructor

"It's important to vote. You have to do a lot of research to see who's best. You can't just do eeny-meeny-miny-moe."

- Democracy in Action 5th grade participant

Arsalyn Program
Ludwick Family
PO Box 1796
Glendora, CA 91740
Tel  (626) 914 5404
Fax (626) 852 0776

Arsalyn, a non-partisan
program of Ludwick
Family Foundation,
promotes youth civic
and political engagement.

At times arsalyn collaborates with other organizations on special projects consistent with our mission. The potential for fruitful collaboration and a preference for working with smaller organizations are prime considerations for arsalyn in considering new projects. If you have ideas for new projects consistent with our mission and/or would like to inquire about the possibility of collaborating on special projects promoting youth civic and political engagement, feel free to contact us.

Here are some of our special projects:

your vote is your voice
arsalyn and SAVE
arsalyn and CES
arsalyn and LA Youth
arsalyn and X-PAC

your vote is your voice

Arsalyn, in collaboration with the California Secretary of State's Office and the LA County Registrar's Office, has produced an exciting, new public service announcement (PSA) called "don't be silent - your vote is your voice." The PSA is made for television and/or movie screens and features a diverse group of young people encouraging their peers to vote. It directs viewers to the website for online voter registration and resources that can help them become informed voters. The PSA was produced using footage shot for the Arizona Secretary of State's youth voter outreach PSA, with permission of the Arizona Secretary of State's Office.

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arsalyn and SAVE

SAVE (Student Advocates for Voter Empowerment) is a student group involved in voter empowerment projects that benefit its members, school and community. It is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that introduces and educates high school students about the democratic process through voter registration, voter education and political involvement programs. SAVE chapters are currently operating at high schools in the San Gabriel Valley of Southern California, for example, at Mark Keppel High School.

Arsalyn, SAVE and APIA Vote! have collaborated in the creation of the SAVE Manual with instructions and advice for high school students on starting and running a similar club of their own. To obtain a complimentary copy of the manual, please contact arsalyn.

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arsalyn and CES

In 1999 arsalyn collaborated with CES (Community Educational Services) in creating Youth Voice Radio for monolingual and bilingual first generation youth and adult Americans. The goal of Youth Voice Radio is to inform and educate youth, their families and community members in making sound personal decisions, understanding community issues and getting involved in community improvement efforts. Youth Voice Radio has aired shows on topics like civic participation and voting, cultural/generation gaps, volunteerism, interracial dating, program marketing, internet dating, rave parties, teen gambling, school truancy and access to youth services.

Community Educational Services (CES) is a non-profit organization established in 1969 to empower youth to enhance their educational and economic opportunities as well as their ability to become active leaders of social change in their communities. Based in San Francisco, CES pursues its goal through four programs: Asian Community Teens Organized for Neighborhood Empowerment (ACT ONE), Applied Learning and Linkages (ALL), English Literacy and Learning (ELL), and Revitalizing Education and Learning (REAL). The mission of ACT ONE is to unite Asian youth, encourage them to focus on concerns beyond themselves and to make positive changes for their community.

Young people want to know and are concerned about issues that affect their community. As CES is based in the Chinatown/North Beach area of San Francisco, it was decided that a bilingual radio program would be the ideal way to reach the population of monolingual first generation youth and adult Americans. Youth Voice Radio airs on the first, third and fifth Friday of every month on AM 1450.

If your community is interested in starting its own radio show, Youth Voice Radio encourages you to contact them for technical assistance at (415) 982 0615 ext 20 or at .

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arsalyn and LA Youth

Arsalyn and LA Youth published a Youth Voter Report in the September/October 1998 issue of LA Youth, a newspaper by and about Los Angeles teens. LA Youth was founded in 1988 in response to the Supreme Court Hazelwood decision that allowed school administrators to censor high school publications. LA Youth has a pass-on readership of 300,000. A teachers guide is also distributed with each issue to stimulate class discussion and writing assignment ideas.

The Youth Voter Report included articles on teen participation in the YMCA Youth and Government program and articles making the case for political involvement, listing various organizations and ways to make the voice of youth heard. Also included was a Youth Politics Survey adapted from a more comprehensive survey by The Pew Research Center for the People and the Press on popular attitudes toward government. Over 100 young people mailed in their responses to the survey. Results were printed in the November/December 1998 issue of LA Youth.

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arsalyn and X-PAC

Arsalyn and X-PAC collaborated in order to share the experiences of X-PAC's Public Service Announcement (PSA) campaign in movie theaters for the 1998 general election. X-PAC is an organization committed to the education and promotion of a new generation of political and community leaders. The movie theater PSA campaign was one part of X-PAC's multimedia Young Voter Project '98.

Placing a public service announcement is a cost-effective means to deliver messages to young audiences. For less than $1,300 - including the cost of creating and copying slides - X-PAC's reminder to vote appeared in over 200 Act III Theater auditoriums in Oregon and were seen by more than one million people. While 18-34-year-olds represent 35% of the population, they represent 48% of moviegoers. X-PAC's message reached approximately 648,487 people aged 18-34 in the month before the November 3rd general election.

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