Detroit Department of Elections representatives team up with DPS student council and government members to engage students in the importance of exercising their right to vote
In efforts to engage young individuals about the importance of participating in city and nation-wide elections, Detroit Public Schools in conjunction with the Detroit Department of Elections will host a city-wide Mock Election providing voting polls at 22 DPS high schools on Thursday, May 19.
Beginning at 8 a.m., DPS high school students will receive the opportunity to cast their vote on who they feel the next president of the United States should be, and two issues they feel passionate about within their schools (which were crafted by the students). This real-life opportunity was developed to expose DPS students, who will become tomorrow’s voters, to the fundamental nature of democracy.
“Voting is the cornerstone of democracy and we would like our young adults to be at the center of that cornerstone, in order to enable a solid footing that will make their voices relevant in the democratic process,” said Peter-Claver Unaegbu, Instructional Specialist, Detroit Public Schools Office of Social Studies and Coordinator for Teen Leadership Institute. “Our goal is to groom and nurture active and knowledgeable citizenship from young age to improve youth involvement in the political process.”
On the Mock Election Day, the Detroit Department of Elections will equip every participating school with the same amenities that are sent to poll sites. Student Council members within each school along with representatives from the Detroit Department of Elections will help administer the event, as well as provide assistance with voter registration for eligible students in their schools.
Participating DPS schools include:
- Academy of the Americas High School
- Benjamin Carson School of Science and Medicine
- Cass Technical High School
- Cody Academy of Public Leadership
- Cody Detroit Institute of Technology
- Cody Medicine and Community Health Academy
- Communication and Media Arts High School
- Davis Aerospace Technical High School
- Detroit Collegiate Preparatory High School at Northwestern
- Detroit International Academy for Young Women
- Detroit School of Arts
- Douglass Academy for Young Men
- East English Village Preparatory Academy
- Martin Luther King, Jr. Senior High School
- Osborn College Preparatory Academy
- Osborn Collegiate Academy of Mathematics, Science and Technology
- Osborn Evergreen Academy of Design and Alternative Energy
- Renaissance High School
- Turning Point Academy
- Randolph Technical High School
- Western International High School
- Westside Academy
As an additional opportunity for students, eligible participants will be given the chance to sign up to work the polls for the August 2 State Primary and November 8 General Election dates.
These educational yet practical opportunities help to prepare students for the day when they will come to a Detroit Public School no longer to attend class, but to cast their vote in an election.
For more DPS information and upcoming events/opportunities, visit www.detroitk12.org or call 313-433-240-4377.