Student Vote is a unique hands-on learning program that provides students under the voting age with the opportunity to experience the voting process firsthand and build the habits of active and engaged citizenship.
Students learn about government and electoral process, and explore the issues, parties and candidates through classroom activities, family discussion and campaign events. On Student Vote Day, students take on the roles of election officials and coordinate a vote for the official local election candidates running in their school’s electoral district. The Student Vote results are shared publicly following the close of the official polls.
Student Vote is the flagship program of CIVIX, Canada’s leading civic education charity. Since 2003, CIVIX has coordinated 31 Student Vote programs at various levels of elections. In the recent federal election, 922,000 students cast ballots from 6,662 schools representing all 338 ridings.
With support from Elections Yukon and the Government of Canada, CIVIX will be offering Student Vote for the 2016 territorial election. Participating schools receive educational resources, posters, electoral district maps, ballots and ballot boxes.
The program is offered at no cost and open to all Yukon schools.