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Maine Youth Voting PSA Project
Middle and High School Teachers ... Enhance student understanding of Democracy and Elections
Voter turnout among young people in the United States has declined at a troubling rate during the past 30 years. Studies indicate, however, that voting becomes a life-long habit when it starts early.
With that in mind, Maine's Secretary of State has joined forces with media affiliates and other organizations to organize the second Youth Voting PSA Project.
First implemented in 2004, this initiative is designed to draw students' attention to the importance of voting and overall civic participation.
Using available technology, students will produce Public Service Announcements (PSAs) for TV and/or radio.
The PSAs will explore issues about voting, elections and why it's important for young people to take an interest in our democracy.
Students may enter their PSAs in a statewide competition. Middle school and high school entries will be judged separately.
It is anticipated that selected entries will be aired on television and radio stations throughout Maine and streamed.
All participants will be invited to a statewide PSA showcase and press conference with state officials in Augusta in October.
The showcase will offer an opportunity for students and educators to interact with state officials and media representatives.
Organized through the Secretary of State's Office, this project will reward students and teachers for creativity and achievement, while promoting civic participation and voter turnout.
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