Youth Vote and Return of Civics Education
Oregon has a responsibility to teach the next generation the importance and process of participation in our democracy. The Secretary of State can be a leader in fostering a commitment to civics education in our public schools as well as giving Oregon children an opportunity to learn the process of voting. Brad Avakian has a proven record in bringing people together to strengthen our public schools. As Labor Commissioner, Avakian led the effort to bring 21st century shop classes to over 340 public schools. As Secretary of State, Avakian will create the partnership to return civics education as part of the curriculum and create the Oregon Youth Vote.
The Avakian Plan: Oregon Youth Vote
Raise children knowing the process and importance of voting by allowing young people to participate in our elections. Each school will receive Youth Vote ballots for its students and parents will be able to request Youth Vote ballots be mailed to their home. In civics classes and at the dinner table young people will be able to discuss the issues and candidates on the ballot and go through the process of filling out their own ballot. Youth Vote ballots will not count towards the official results. After the election, however, they will be tallied to show what young Oregonians thought about the issues and candidates.
The Avakian Plan: Return Civics Education to Public Schools
Return civics education as part of the required curriculum in our public school system. In addition to learning the structure of government, who their elected leaders are, and the legislative process, students will learn about the principles and people that built Oregon and the United States. Civil rights, labor and economic history will be critical components of this modern civics class. This education will lead to higher voter turnout, greater civic engagement, and stronger communities.