Over 25,000 Charlotte-Mecklenburg students put civics into action through GenerationNation's mock election program.
Throughout October and November, they used Election 2015 as a civic learning opportunity focused on civic literacy. They read about and interviewed the candidates, learned about local government and community issues, analyzed information, followed news, and took action by casting their own mock ballots (and earning their own I Voted stickers) at school or in community libraries and polling places, and by participating in service-learning.
The program, a partnership of GenerationNation, Mecklenburg County Board of Elections, and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, and implemented by teachers and volunteers, is the nation’s largest community-based mock election. Nearly 1 million Charlotte students have built and applied civic literacy, knowledge, and skills through GenerationNation programs. Launched in 1992 as a mock election event called Kids Voting, GenerationNation has worked with community stakeholders over the past 5 years to launch programming to educate and engage a new generation of citizens and leaders on Election Day – and every day of the year.
GenerationNation programs include K-12 civic literacy curriculum and teacher support, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Youth Council, Youth Lead Charlotte-Mecklenburg, the Kids Voting mock election, and other initiatives that connect classroom learning with hands-on experiences that build civic literacy and leadership from an early age.