Do you remember the first time you voted? Participation in our democracy for the first time can be an exciting and important event, and that’s why United Way’s Emerging Leaders group is focusing on educating young people and getting out the youth vote for this election.
Emerging Leaders is United Way’s network of philanthropic young professionals who are committed to reducing Bay Area poverty, with a focus on educating and empowering youth.
This month, Emerging Leaders like Pamela Gabriel, prepared a voter education curriculum for San Francisco High Schools to help increase voter turnout among youth in the November 6th election.
“The impact I hope to have on the students is to provide knowledge and to inspire young people to vote,” said Pamela. “At that age, you don’t necessarily know how much your vote can affect the community. I want to encourage them to think about the future. The earlier that youth are engaged in what’s going on in the world, the more educated they are as voters, and educated voters make for a better community.”
Emerging Leaders’ work to empower youth won’t end after November 6th. Throughout the year, the group participates in events that support education.
“Education is the key out of poverty,” said Pamela. “And ultimately, that’s why Emerging Leaders exists – we’re a community-minded group committed to United Way’s bold goal to cut poverty.”
For more information about Emerging Leaders, click here.