Pennsylvania - Year End Review

2018 was full of incredible success in Pennsylvania- all thanks to our teachers, students, school and election administrators! We are proud of our Inspired Leaders and teachers who helped more than 4,000 high school students across the state register to vote for the first time in 2018.

2018 Election Reflection

We participated in two elections in 2018. While we are waiting for turnout data from the General Election, we are excited to report that some of our Inspire schools in PA had incredible turnout of eligible student voters in the May Primary Election. 

Highest turnout by high school: 
  • Trinity High School - 61% of registered/pledged students voted
  • Mount Lebanon - 49% of registered/pledged students voted
  • Fox Chapel - 47.62% of registered/pledged students voted
  • CAPA - 47.5% voted
  • Pine-Richland - 41% voted
  • North Allegheny - 32.5% voted
  • Carlisle High School - 32.5% voted
  • Unionville - 28%
  • Episcopal Academy -25%

For comparison, state-wide, across all demographics, turnout was 18 percent in the Primary.

The 2018-2019 School Year

The beginning of the 2018-2019 academic year kicked-off with huge student and teacher interest. 67 Pennsylvania schools signed up to participate with Inspire. The Pennsylvania Department of State announced their second year offering the Governor’s Civic Engagement Award, and unveiled a new award to recognize individual high school students for their civic action.

Since August 2018, 455 Pennsylvania high school students have registered and pledged to vote within our program. Below are some photos from just a few of our students' successful voter registration and voter engagement events.

Inspired Leaders at Bodine High School in Philadelphia hosted a GOTV breakfast before Election Day!

Inspired Leaders at CAPA in Pittsburgh host a voter registration drive in the fall!

Inspired Leaders at Seneca Valley Senior High School host a voter registration drive at school!

Now that the General Election has passed, we are looking ahead to the municipal primary elections, which will be held on May 21st in Pennsylvania. This means students and teachers can now begin registering to vote students who are U.S. citizens and will be 18 years old on or before May 21st!

Looking ahead to 2019…

Inspire PA is hosting our first Pennsylvania Voter Registration Cup competition (inspired by the Stanley Cup!)

The 2019 PA Voter Registration Cup kicks off on February 4th!

This competition will begin on February 4th. Schools across the state will compete for the cup by earning points by helping classmates get registered to vote, hosting voter registration drives, planning “get out the vote” activities, applying for the Governor's Civic Engagement Award, and more!

Inspired Leader Training in Harrisburg on Feb. 20th

Inspire will host a training for students and teachers in Harrisburg, PA on February 20th. Schools in and around Harrisburg are encouraged to attend and all PA high schools are invited. Inspire staff will provide a training to prepare students and teachers to carry out successful voter registration and GOTV initiatives at their schools, as well as earn the Governor's Civic Engagement Award.

More details regarding the February 20th training will be announced soon. If you or your students are interested in attending, please RSVP here!


Thank you again for your support and hard work! We can't wait to reach our 5,000 voter registration goal with you!

Wishing all of our partners a Happy Holiday and New Year! 

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