Youth Committee

The Educating for Democracy Youth Committee works in partnership with participating California Campaign adults to improve civic education and engage young people in active citizenship.

Youth Committee members act as advisors, decision makers, and volunteers in all areas of the state campaign including communications, policy, school practice and research. Youth Committee participation ensures that the campaign reflects student insight and knowledge about what is needed to promote civic awareness in California's schools.

The Youth Committee is a diverse group, representing The California Campaign's participating schools and partner organizations. Youth from the following schools and organizations are represented:

Aragon High School
Bell Gardens High School
CA 4-H
CA Association of Student Councils (CASC)
Constitutional Rights Foundation
East Bay Conservation Corp
Eureka High School
Foothill High School (Kern)
Foothill High School (Pleasanton)
Foothill High School (Shasta)
Fresno Youth Service Council
John F. Kennedy High School
Junior State of America
Marshall High School
Pinole High School
Sheldon High School

The Campaign has joined California Secretary of State Debra Bowen and Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell in inviting high school students, teachers, and principals to join MyVote California, a statewide youth civic engagement project.

Utilizing Democracy Central: A Teacher’s Guide to the 2008 Election, a curriculum assembled by CRF, MyVote California will tap into the excitement of the 2008 presidential primary election to offer high school students a chance to learn about the candidates and issues, and gain firsthand lessons on the power of voting and how government and politics affect every part of their lives. Students will vote for their choice in a mock election to be held on January 28–29, one week before California’s Presidential Primary Election.

Student Voices Project encourages the civic engagement of young people
by bringing the study of local government, policy issues, and political campaigns into the classroom.


A project of Constitutional Rights Foundation in collaboration with the
Center for Civic Education and the Alliance for Representative Democracy.
This project is made possible by generous grants from the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the Skirball Foundation