Sign-up to recruit students, educators and high schools with Third Act's intergenerational voter registration initiative!

Third Act partners with The Civics Center on intergenerational voter registration of high school seniors, and is an active member of the Ready to Vote Coalition. Every year, ~4 million Americans turn 18 and become eligible to vote, but fewer than half of them vote. But once they are registered, they do vote in large numbers. In every presidential election from 2004 to 2020, more than 75% of registered 18- to 24-year-olds voted and in 2020 it was 86%! Research shows that youth tend to vote progressive. The challenge to overcome is getting students registered in time to vote in November, because the vast majority of teens in the U.S. can register or pre-register before they turn 18. The solution is to register them while they are still in high school.

Sign-up for the 2024 Senior-to-Senior High School Voter Registration Campaign. We will send you step-by-step instructions and resources for actions you can take this spring to recruit high schools, students, and educators to host non-partisan voter registration drives at their schools. The action steps are outlined below. You can also register for the April 4 training workshop with The Civics Center and hear from Third Actors about how to successfully recruit students, educators, and high schools.

Take Action: Recruit high schools to host student-led youth voter registration drives

Participate in The Civic Center’s Cap, Gown, and Ballot Campaign Spring 2024

Third Actors: do you have a grandchild or youth in your life that is a high-schooler? Know teachers, principals, or superintendents? Want to reach out to high schools in your community or beyond? You can recruit them to participate in The Civics Center’s Cap, Gown & Ballot Spring 2024 Campaign to make every high school graduate a voter. Students, educators, and schools you recruit will get trained by The Civics Center on how to host non-partisan voter registration drives for high school seniors and get free “Democracy in a Box” kits.

[Note: Fall 2024 activities will be during High School Voter Registration Week in September/October.]

Here is a step-by-step summary:

  1. Sign up with Third Act on this short form and we will follow up with more details, a sample script, links and resources to support you in recruiting students, educators, and high schools to host student-led Voter Registration Drives at their schools. You’ll be part of a cohort of Third Actors working to take action all over the country.
  2. Identify Students, Educators, and High Schools in Your Personal Circle, Your Community, and Beyond: (A) Make a list of high school students, teachers, principals, educators, and/or specific high schools in your life that you will reach out to. Consider contacting the high school from which you graduated.  (B) Search Beyond Your Personal Circle: Search online to identify the names and contact info for high school administrators or civics teachers in school districts in your local community or in nearby communities. Consider high schools in nearby Congressional districts that may be politically strategic, while still focusing on non-partisan student voter registration.
  3. Reach Out to Your Lists of Students, Educators, and High Schools: Use The Civics Center’s Volunteer Toolkit with outreach resources like sample template email or phone scripts for outreach to students, high school administrators or educators (scroll to “Introduce Us” section of the toolkit).
  4. Give Confirmed People and Schools the Details for Hosting Voter Registration Drives: Encourage your contacts to attend a required one-hour online Run-a-Drive workshop to learn how to organize a student-led voter registration drive for their school. The email templates in the Volunteer Toolkit include a link to The Civics Center’s workshop calendar where they can sign up. After the training, students and faculty advisors will create a “Drive Action Plan” and register their drive with The Civics Center and get a free “Democracy in a Box” kit. 
  5. Report Back: Complete this survey to share your impact about students, educators, and high schools you recruited and the results of voter registration events.

Please visit our Resource Guide for a more detailed set of instructions, resources, and tools for how to recruit high schools beyond your personal relationships and networks, a list of additional potential local partners, and background reading about the importance of high school voter registration.

Resources to recruit high schools to host student voter registration drives

A step-by-step guide to help you do outreach to high schools and connect them with free resources.

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Senior-to-Senior Spring 2024: Voter Registration Ambassador Training

Watch our 1-hour workshop in partnership with The Civics Center to be trained as an ambassador to contact and activate high school educators & student leaders to make sure millions of newly-eligible young voters are registered!

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