Wyoming Youth Voter Initiative Events
We are pleased to announce that BRI will be partnering with the Wyoming Secretary of State’s Office and the Election Division to host an educational program as part of the Wyoming Youth Voter Initiative (YVI). YVI’s mission is research based and dedicated to encouraging Wyoming’s youth to become more civically engaged, more informed, and to vote in Wyoming elections.
The program will take place at three locations across Wyoming and will consist of six 1.5 hour workshops over three days, using our “My Impact Challenge” curriculum.
Participating students will identify issues important to their communities and discuss how their generation can respond to these pressing issues through civic engagement.
Each workshop will use the same curriculum and will be limited to roughly 50 students. The three locations and dates of the workshops are:
- Tuesday, October 16th – Laramie County Community College (2 workshop sessions)
- Wednesday, October 17th – Casper College (2 workshop sessions)
- Thursday, October 18th – Western Wyoming Community College (2 workshop sessions)
The specific times for the workshops have not yet been set. We ask that you take a moment to complete this short survey to help us determine when to hold each workshop session on the above dates. Please complete this survey by Monday, October 1st, to help us select specific times and to hold your slot.
If you register your class(es) to attend, you will receive lesson plans both in advance of and after the workshop to incorporate into your coursework.
These locations were chosen based upon the sheer number of young voters (18-24) who chose not to vote during the 2014 and 2016 elections. There will be two workshop sessions held each day, providing two opportunities for your class or classes to attend at each location.
Your class does not have to be specifically focused on civics or Wyoming Government in order to attend. Leadership classes, history classes, or any other class with a community, civic, or social studies component are certainly welcome.
The Bill of Rights Institute participated in the first major YVI event – the 2016 Youth Voter Summit – which was held in Laramie before the 2016 Election. This October we are thrilled to be working with the Institute again on our Initiative.
Many of you may have been part of the Bill of Rights Institute’s teacher trainings, seminars, or workshops, and know that the Institute’s curriculum is rigorous, engaging, and supports critical thinking.
The John P. Ellbogen Foundation and the Taco John’s Foundation are two committed sponsors of the Wyoming Youth Voter Initiative, and we are fortunate to have their help in hosting these events.
We encourage you to share this information with your colleagues or any other educators who you think might be interested!
If you have any questions, please reach out to either Rachel Davison Humphries at email@example.com, or the Secretary of State’s Election Division by email at Elections@wyo.gov, or by phone at 307-777-5860.