Voices of young people influence the community to be active voters
Los Angeles – Students attending the Woodcraft Rangers NVSION program at Holmes Elementary located in South Los Angeles, set an example for its surrounding community. With the elections coming up on March 3rd, the youth candidates created a two week campaign that raised awareness as they ran for the after school leadership student council. Speeches were written and delivered to the young audience by the candidates. The week ended with every student casting their vote. The custom-made booths were designed by the art club to simulate the privacy of voting. This event created a buzz around the community as the students encouraged their parents be active voters.
Over 100 students that are enrolled in the NVISION program at Holmes Elementary participated in the event. “I can’t wait until I am able to vote,” said one student. She continued, “I told my mom to register and vote because it’s important.” Encouraging their community to participate in the election, the students learned about the importance of having their voice heard. Woodcraft Rangers CEO Chris Johnson said, “Through our programs, students area able to use their critical thinking and social skills learned and relate them to real life experiences, such as creating these campaigns.”
Woodcraft Rangers looks to grow and add to their success. Their NVISION program helps inner city youth throughout the Los Angeles area academically and enhance their critical thinking skills. Through educational state funds, the students are able to participate in free programs such as these. Woodcraft Rangers has impacted over 1.1 million lives since its inception as they continue to inspire more.