What is Vote 18?
Vote 18 is a fun, fast-paced interactive game taught at high schools during one class period. It teaches students the history of voting, makes it relevant in their lives, and engages them in the world of politics. The goal of Vote 18 is to motivate students to register to vote when they turn eighteen, show them the value of their vote, and motivate them to stay politically engaged over the long term.
We believe that students who are inspired to take part in politics will become lifelong voters.
Since 2004 we have presented our program to over 21,000 students across America.
What makes Vote 18 so effective is the interactive teaching style and role-playing technique. During one class period the teacher leads the students through the history of voting, graphically illustrating voting laws and history. Through the dynamics of exclusion, mock elections, group interaction and rewards students experience the economic and social impacts of voting. Vote 18 makes voting personal. Instead of telling students to vote they become active participants in the democratic process and teach each other WHY they should vote.
The game is strictly non-partisan. Vote 18 does not endorse any political party nor support any positions on specific issues. The goal is to increase political awareness, promote dialogue and encourage today's young people to become tomorrow's voters and community leaders.
Vote 18's content meets the Board of Education Content Standards for students in history, social sciences and analytical skills.
Vote 18 only takes one class period to play and can be taught in any class regardless of subject. Our interactive game is successfully presented in economics, government, music and social studies classes.
Vote 18 is provided free to schools. We visit your school, teach a sample class for you, and provide everything your teachers need to incorporate Vote 18 into your curriculum including a Vote 18 Lesson Plan and Training Video.
High School Juniors and Seniors
Non-College Bound Youth
Vote 18 targets young people at a crucial time, reaching out to them just before they are eligible to vote and inviting their participation in the political process. For the estimated 40% of students who do not go on to college this is the last opportunity to reach them in an educational environment and teach them the value of their vote. Statistics show those who do not attend college are less likely to vote, and are at a higher risk of becoming disenfranchised. Vote 18 invites their participation in the democratic process and encourages them to see themselves as members of the community and involved participants in the political process.
Students enjoy playing the game because it is interactive, fast moving and fun. It works because it teaches through experience.
We are passionate about energizing the next generation of young Americans to be involved citizens and active participants in the democratic process as expressed through voting. Our goal is to increase political awareness, promote dialogue and encourage today's young people to become tomorrow's voters and community leaders.
Vote 18 seeks to energize the next generation of young Americans to be involved citizens and leaders in their communities, register them to vote and empower them with an understanding of the power of their voice as active participants in the political process.
Vote 18's Non-Discrimination Policy
Vote 18 is an equal opportunity employer and does not discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, marital status, citizenship, national origin or veteran status with respect to recruiting, hiring, promotion, compensation and other terms, conditions and privileges of employment.
Employees, volunteers, and program recipients of Vote 18 are encouraged to address any complaints regarding violations of the Nondiscrimination Policy with Vote 18's President and Co-Founder, Walt Townes.