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Oct 20, 2020

Civic Duty

The Presidential election is around the corner and all over the news. Talking to our young people about government, politics and civic duty is a big conversation, so let’s start now.

Vote for Our Future

In this video, Caitlyn explains what voting is, the history of voting, and why it’s important. Talking to our young people about government, politics and civic duty is a big conversation, so let’s start now.

What Can a Citizen Do?

In this video, Teaching Artist Caitlyn McCain reads What Can a Citizen Do? By Dave Eggers and Shawn Harris and explores the concept of civic duty. Explore different ways a citizen can help their community.

What Can a Non-Citizen Do?

In our last video, we explored different ways a citizen can help their community. But, what if someone isn’t a citizen? What can a non-citizen do? In this video we explore ways a non-citizen can help their community.

Next Steps

Are you ready to continue this conversation?

With your young person,  jot down a list of the people, issues and topics you are thinking about in preparation for the 2020 presidential election. Who are the people, communities, and issues that you are taking into consideration? Who/what has been left out? What things do you want your young person to understand about government, voting and civic duty?

After watching the video, talk with your young person about the election. Do you have a voting plan? Share how you are voting this year or why you can’t. Ask your young person what things they think are important to think about when voting.  Share some of the things that you reflected on prior to watching the video. Ask your young person (people) what they think about those things?

If you can, vote with your young person!

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