Empowering Voters. Defending Democracy.

Youth and Civics Committee

Crystal Joseph, campus@lwvnyc.org, and Nick Doran, ndoran33@gmail.com, Co-Chairs

The Youth Committee (photo on left) is pleased to be compiling a list of all youth programs organized by Leagues in NYS. The list and descriptions will be shared with all local Leagues for possible replication. Each month, the Committee will highlight one program. Here’s this month’s!

Teach Me to Vote/Take Me to Vote

This is a short video shared by our youth colleagues from LWV Saratoga County. The link to the video can be found here:


A short 6-minute presentation that discusses both ballot proposals and the importance of voting. Teach Me to Vote is a program promoted by the League of Women Voters of Saratoga County to help students learn about our local elections and voting. Funded by the LWV of Saratoga County, this video was produced and written by Suzanne Bishop and hosted by Lezlie Dana. As an effective, partnership / collaboration strategy, the Saratoga League offers this video for distribution to school superintendents and teachers across the state of NY. It is also appropriate for a myriad of youth group organizations.

Continue to share your resources with both Crystal and Nick. As a committee, we are on the start to a wonderful election season with fantastic youth opportunities offered by all our local Leagues.


Local League News

On October 14, the LWV of Westchester hosted an engaging conversation about Lies & Liberty: The Future of Free Speech in a Divided America with David McCraw, Deputy General Counsel and SVP at The New York Times, and moderator, Andrew Katell, Associated Press Journalist (Ret.) and news literacy trainer.

The 1 Person I Vote Coalition, The Capital Area Urban League, and League of Women Voters chapters in Albany, Rensselaer, Schenectady, and Saratoga Counties are sponsoring the showing of “Line in the Street” “Gerrymandering: What It Is and Why It’s Important to You, NY State, and Our Democracy” All are welcome to join: October 27, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm. Register Here: tinyurl.com/Oct27LineInTheStreet

Co-hosted by LWV of New Rochelle members Tamar Tait and Nina Luban,The Ballot Box (monthly radio show) features local, state, and national electoral issues and relevant civic matters. On the October 20 program, Mr. Wegman will discuss the topic of his 2020 book, Let the People Pick the President: The Case for Abolishing the Electoral College.

The LWV of Brookhaven registered voters and gave out the amendment pamphlets at the Brookhaven Town Fair, and also at four libraries on National Voter Registration Day (Longwood, Patchogue, Bellport, and Sayville) and Stony Brook University.

LWV of Rochester Metro Area scheduled 22 virtual Candidate Forums for every contested election in Monroe County!

LWV of NYC organized Oktoberfest – Voterfest. The League partnered with NYC Trivia League for a special Trivia Night with a pub crawl!

LWV of Saratoga staffed 13 venues throughout Saratoga and Warren counties on National Voter Registration Day this year. Altogether, they had 18 voter registrations filled out at the time of the event, with 64 registration applications taken to fill out at home. Over 500 people were spoken to about not only registering but about the 5 ballot proposals and the redistricting information

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