Young Voters Week
Empowering young citizens
— that's the mission of the Secretary of State's Young Voters Workshop. Hundreds of students from all around the state participate in the
day-long programs held each March and September.
“This is one of our most popular
student programs, and educating voters and future voters is one of our
most important activities,” said Secretary of State Mark Martin.
The workshop demonstrates the importance of voting to high
school students who are nearing or have already reached voting age.
From the founding of America to the civil rights and women’s suffrage
movements, students experience the value of their right to vote through
discussion, role playing and games. Students especially enjoy the chance
to speak their minds during a guided current events discussion.
Teachers may opt to conclude the day with a tour of the Arkansas State
Capitol, which gives students a first-hand look at the site where laws
are made that have a daily impact on their lives.
“I want these young people get
involved,” Martin said. “Voting is an American cornerstone, and I
believe they take away a new appreciation of that process from this
Our next workshop will be in March 2015. Watch this page for details!