Across the country on Election Day, Democracy Prep scholars went into their communities to participate in the democratic process. For some, that meant voting for the very first time. For others, it meant encouraging those 18 and older to vote. Scholars from Freedom Prep High, Democracy Prep at the Agassi Campus, and Democracy Prep Endurance Middle School shared their reflections on Election Day and what voting means to them.

 

Najla Smith Najla Smith
First Time Voter
12th grade, Freedom Prep High

“I feel good that I voted. Voting sparked a change in me. It encouraged me to do other things to be active in my community. It’s important to me to encourage other people to vote because there is strength in numbers. The more people that vote, the more we have a chance to get the outcome that we want.”

 

FPH Maurzer Robinson Maurzer Robinson
First Time Voter
12th grade, Freedom Prep High

“Voting is important to me because I get to express myself and exercise my rights as an American citizen. I do think my voice matters. Without my voice, I wouldn’t be able to speak my mind, exercise my rights and [tell] how I think and feel the country should be run. I taught elementary school scholars about voting and how their voice is a part of them, and that it matters.”

 

ShaniaSanchez Shania Sanchez
Scholar Senator, 7th grade,
Democracy Prep Endurance Middle School

“I would tell someone who is voting that school safety is important to me because you shouldn’t be afraid to go to school. You shouldn’t wake up and think, ‘I’m so scared to go to school.’ School should be the second or third place you should feel the most safe. We want a governor who will do something so that we don’t have to be worried or sad when we go to school.”

 

StephanyFalcon Stephany Falcon
Scholar Senator, 7th grade,
Democracy Prep Endurance Middle School

“Voting is important because voting is a way people actually get to give their opinion on who they want to lead them. I think voting can change the world because it [allows] people to have their voices heard.”

 

SutanieSammott Sutanie Sammott
7th grade, Democracy Prep
Endurance Middle School

“Voting can impact our future. For example, young people don’t [historically] have a record of voting in the midterm elections. So because only older people are voting, younger people don’t get their voices heard, so we don’t know what they think about certain issues. That can impact our future because there are going to be people in government who don’t take the young people into their priorities and make sure they’re getting done what the young people want.”

 

Keith Jones Jr Keith Jones Jr.
12th grade, Democracy Prep
at the Agassi Campus High School

“This was a great experience in multiple ways. It helped notify those who haven’t registered [of] the importance in registering and was a great way to connect with others socially. Though most people have registered, us being there and notifying them goes to show how much we care about this and how much more important it is than some random vote. It taught us a lot as well as the fact that we got to see a full college campus. Overall this was a great way to get some experience in this type of thing and helped a lot socially, as well as with those who haven’t yet registered.”

 

Annie A Annie Aguilar
Student Council President,
8th grade, Democracy Prep at the
Agassi Campus Middle School

“Voting is one of the most important things we can do as citizens. Voting gives us a chance to make a difference. We can speak out and vote against politicians who advocate for things that are harmful to our communities. It was a very significant thing to participate in the Get Out The Vote Campaign because we were able to inform people who don’t have enough resources about how they can vote. We were able to tell people about how important is that they vote and that they encourage other to vote. I believe every student should volunteer to help people register to vote at least once in their school career.”

 

This project was made possible with a grant from Teaching Tolerance.