Making Democracy Work

Youth Outreach

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Youth Outreach Debate

Last fall, the LWVA initiated a Youth Outreach Committee to create the LWVA High School Debate Scholarship Program and other means of informing our youth why Democracy matters. And to encourage them through education and advocacy to participate in the governmental process.

To that end, the LWVA has entered into a partnership with the College of Alameda under the leadership of Dr. Joi Lin Blake, President. This partnership will allow the College of Alameda to expand its role in the community and will expose LWVA civic instruction to a diverse, youth demographic.

The first LWVA/COA Partnership program will be high school debate using the Public Forum format. Thanks to donations from the Bank of Marin, the Alameda Rotary Club, Golden Leaf Energy and LWVA members, the winner of the debate will be awarded a $1000 scholarship, $500 for the runner up. In addition, all participants will be awarded one college credit from the Communications Department at the College of Alameda.

Democracy Matters: Inaugural High School Debate Scholarship Program will be held at the College of Alameda, Building F on Friday, April 15, 2016 from 6:30 - 8:30 PM. The League of Women Voters of Alameda (LWVA), the College of Alameda (COA) and Girls, Inc. are sponsoring this important and timely event. Girls Inc. of the Island City, selected the talented participants in this inaugural debate, representing the following high schools: Alameda, ASTI, Encinal, St. Joseph, California and Maybeck. These students will tackle two hot topics: abolishing the Electoral College and photo ID requirements for voting.

The LWVA/COA partnership hopes to turn this initial debate scholarship program into an annual debate tournament with participating teams from all the high schools in Alameda.

Informed, engaged youth are vital to the survival of our democracy. We need every member to support this youth outreach program that promises to keep the LWVA and its mission relevant in its ability to make democracy work. You can volunteer to assist COA Communications staff and students prep the participants or give a financial donation to guarantee a medal to all participants and to begin the work for the next debate.

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