The League offers three youth programs in Saratoga County:
Students Inside Albany
Students Inside Albany (SIA) is a conference for high school students sponsored by the League of Women Voters of New York State Education Foundation.
The 2019 conference will be held at the Hampton Inn & Suites in downtown Albany on May 19-21, 2019 For more details, see the 2019 Conference Brochure.
Applications are due by Jan. 25, 2019 to the League of Women Voters of Saratoga County, P.O. Box 1029, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. Download the application.
The Conference is an intensive four day training experience held in the spring and is designed to immerse students in the process by which public policy is proposed, enacted and changed in New York State and educate them as to how they can influence and affect this process. Albany insiders discuss the operations of New York State government including how policy is shaped and enacted. Students are afforded the opportunity to observe Assembly and Senate sessions and to shadow both their Assembly members and Senators. More details.
In Saratoga County, two eleventh grade students will be chosen to attend. Program attendees come from across the whole state. The program is free to the student. Costs are covered by the Education Fund.
Take Me To Vote
Take Me to Vote is a program for fifth grade students to accompany their parents to the polls on election day. Fifth grade teachers in Saratoga County may participate in the program. The goals of this League project are two-fold: 1) Encourage voter turnout on Election Day; and 2) Prepare children for the rights and responsibilities of citizenship. Students ask an adult to take them to the polls on Election Day. Adults are encouraged to vote, and to interest their children in their rights as citizens.
Every student who goes to the polls with a parent/adult and shows his/her certificate to a poll worker earns a sticker. Teachers provide each fifth grader who participates with a button that says, "Take me to Vote!...Again!" The class with the highest level of participation in each elementary school receives a plaque. The public school with the highest percentage of participating fifth graders is honored with a visit from a legislator.
Take Me to Vote packets were delivered to 52 teachers in October to share with nearly 1300 Saratoga County students. In 2018, 10 of Saratoga County’s 13 School Districts participated in Take Me To Vote. In all, 20 fifth grade classrooms participated with a high rate of participation of 78% to a low of 4%. The classroom with the highest participation in each of our four Assembly Districts received a visit by their Assembly Member.
First Vote is a project of the League of Women Voters of Saratoga County that reaches out to graduating seniors in Saratoga County high schools to provide them with the resources they need to register to vote.
Most high school students turn 18 years old in or soon after their senior year in high school. Research shows that if young people vote in the first election after they are eligible to vote, they are likely to continue voting.
The League and the NYS Social Studies Supervisory Association (NYS4A) are pleased to announce the publication of 7 lesson plans for teachers of the New York Grade 12 Participation in Government course. The 7 lesson plans are designed to provide teachers and students with information specific to New York State.