Learn From Past Events

To help others, organizers are asked to fill out a survey after the registration events they organize.
Below is a list of feedback we’ve received:

What others did to organize the event:

The League of Women Voters provided our organization (ALECT Political) with adult volunteers, presentation logistics, and training for the actual drive. From here, we contacted teachers and ran zoom registration drives during class periods.
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This was a Youth Voter Movement project. We built upon the connections with faculty and students we had from the Primary registration events that we conducted in Jan 2020.
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This was a Youth Voter Movement project. We built upon the connections with faculty and students we had from the Primary registration events that we conducted in Jan 2020.
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We were contacted by a student who was coordinating a civic engagement event at the school and asked us to present to the students. We normally present to Juniors and Seniors in US History and Government classes but she had coordinated a school wide event and asked us to speak for 25-30 minutes to the entire school with the support of some of the faculty.
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We are the new Youth Voter Program of the League of Women Voters (LWV) of Monterey County. A small group of 5 made cold calls and sent emails to local colleges and high schools offering information on more than registering and pre-registering—including working at the polls, encouraging others to register and vote, getting involved in the election process, and using the LWV’s election tools---Easy Voter and Voters Edge. Everything was virtual, using Zoom in most cases, and Google Classroom in a few. We also called on all the organizations we were associated with to get connections to the schools. (NAACP, Girls Inc, National Coalition Building Institute, etc.)
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Gunn offered to have us come to their online "Gunn Together Time" for seniors. Students were asked to complete our asynchronous assignment ahead of time. I think about 240 students attended. We don't know how many registered as a result of the lesson. Two adults and one student presented. The student is one who had approached us earlier in the summer looking for things he could do to promote voting.
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Our League of Women Voters "Youth Vote Team" reached out to the school to see if they would be interested in having us virtually visit the senior social studies classes. The teachers agreed and helped to arrange this. Our team included four students. In each classroom, we paired an adult and teen presenter. The students in the classes were asked to do an asynchronous assignment beforehand (which included checking their voter registration and registering). We spent most of the class just talking about voting and having some breakout sessions for discussion.
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Most of my friends were part of the larger event that was happening at the place where I was registering people My mother helped while.I was giving my speech. . So, I didn't have a lot of help and it was a bit chaotic. On the one hand it gave a lot.of visibility to be at this large event. On the downside,, it seemed that people were so engages in conversations and dinner and speeches inside of the main venue, not many people were interested in my booth.
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I built my team through a small group of friends and was able to get six adult volunteers by contacting the League of Women Voters (though I contacted them kinda late -- won't make that mistake again). I chose the area outside the school cafeteria because it's always crowded during lunch and I knew I'd have a huge audience there. I also got my social studies teacher to bring students.
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How they promoted their registration event:

We went through social science teachers to gain approval for our event. We asked them to bring their class to our zoom where we would run the presentation with their students. After emailing around 10 teachers, 4 came back to us with interest.
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Made contact with faculty and students we had worked with previously at the school. Since there has been such a disruption to schools due to COVID our efforts at contacting education staff and faculty was more difficult, time consuming than previously and limited our scope of events, compared to Jan. 2020, before COVID. Due to classes being conducted online in our District, all presentations had to take place during the teacher’s assigned “Zoom” class time. Registration event then took place as an in-class activity.
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Made contact with faculty and students we had worked with previously at the school.Due to classes being conducted online in our District, al presentations had to take place during the teacher’s assigned “Zoom” class time. Registration event then took place as an in-class activity.
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The student and the school took care of the promotion.
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From the Associated Students advisors, principals, or individual teachers.
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We attended a meeting of the school district's social studies team early in the semester. The Gunn Social Studies teachers proposed this alternative to having us visit all of their classes.
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We didn't promote the event. We got permission from the teachers.
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I asked the organizers if I could have a table. They then invited me to speak as well. The event was a fundraiser for my high school so I knew there would be lots of youth. I did not get press involved because I think it would have taken away from the larger event.
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I was able to get permission for the event and the venue (outside my high school cafeteria during lunch hour) and the registration forms through my local League of Women Voters. I asked school administrators to help me publicize the event through the school's online "Events" portal and several friends posted in on their social media channels.
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Advice from organizers (things to watch out for, lessons learned):

Our drives definitely need a bit more energy and enagagement as many students lose interest in the registration process since the presentation can be quite boring.
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This presentation was with a new teacher at the school. He was referred to the project by a teacher who had coordinated the in-class presentations in the spring. Although I emailed personally with Mr. Kollen before the event, I wish I had called or zoomed with him before we set the dates for the presentation. It went well, but I think it could have been better, because this was the shortest class period that we had to work with.
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Due to the stellar work of our leader, Julie Dunkle and a core group of volunteers, our prior in-person presentation was crafted into a powerpoint for ZOOM presentation. Volunteers were trained for Zoom presentation technology. We made modifications during the three days of presentations based on student feedback. I would ask for feedback after the first session next time, we got great feedback from students!
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It went extremely well. We had several review sessions in advance to make sure the presentation was covering the material they were most interested in and that it was engaging. (lots of questions that student's answered via chat) At the end of the presentation we had an optional 10 minute session to register and pre-register interested students. Because it all happens online I don't have a specific number of students that completed the process. 371 students attended the presentation.
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Make sure we know the ages and interests of the students we are talking to. If virtual, be sure to test out the system ahead of time for bugs. Include interaction. Focus on the issues students are most passionate about to get them involved. Fewer than I expected were cynical about the voting process. In the future, keep better statistics and follow-up. Numbers below are just a guess because we did not ask for follow-up. The numbers below are only guesstimates
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We definitely like working with a student on our presenting team. They do a great job! We want to do that more often. We really don't have any idea how many students registered as a result of this activity.
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Teachers would make the out-of-class assignment mandatory in some way (perhaps a quiz on the content)? We had no good way to tally who had registered.
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I will definitely do it again. So many people in my Muslim community dont vote. So many did not know that 16 year olds can pre register. I was nervous but for more comfortable as time went on. Something I can do better is have a dedicated person to take pictures. I think I think I should.have more.giveaway items, even small.ones to get people to my table.
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I was able to pull the event together fairly quickly on my own (just a few weeks), but next time I'll plan better to make sure I have a bigger team and more adult volunteers.
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