Governor's Civic Engagement Award

Our First Year in Review

Congratulations on such a successful year participating with Inspire U.S.! This school year was our first in Pennsylvania, and it was incredible to work with such amazing schools, students, and teachers! Thank you for believing in the importance of all eligible citizens voting, especially young voters. We have learned so much during our first year in Pennsylvania, and plan to make our second even better, continuing to support your students to register their peers to vote and get them out to the polls for the first time. We wanted to give a special thanks to the Pennsylvania Department of State and especially the Secretary of State's office for creating and recognizing schools who earn the Governor's Civic Engagement Award for registering to vote at least 65% eligible seniors to vote. 

What’s in this Inspire U.S. newsletter?

  • Success Stories from 2017-18 school year - We wanted to highlight some really inspiring success stories from PA’s inaugural year!
  • Governor Civic Engagement Award recipients - Take a peek at the 16 high schools who earned recognition from the Governor and Secretary of State for their outstanding voter registration efforts this year. 
  • HOW to get involved for the next school year - Nominate rising juniors and seniors to apply to be 'Inspired Leaders,' share our student application link, and sign your school up to receive our support. 

Inspire Pennsylvania Success Stories

As the school year ends, we’d like to highlight some of the incredible success of our Inspire Pennsylvania schools. There were so many great stories of students and schools going above-and-beyond to get their peers engaged this school year.

Seneca Valley Senior High School in Harmony, PA hosted the Seneca Valley Votes Art Gala and Film Festival, at which 300 seniors registered to vote and 300 juniors and underclassmen pledged to register when eligible! Seneca Valley social studies teacher Rebekah Grinnen and her team of over 50 students made the SV Votes event a major success!

Seneca Valley Inspired Leaders    Seneca Valley Votes Art Gala and Film Festival

Inspired Leaders and photos from the Seneca Valley Votes Art Gala and Film Festival on April 6th, 2018.

Students and School Champion, Vito Malacari, at Northwest Area Junior/Senior High School in Luzerne County earned the Governor’s Civic Engagement Award for registering to vote 95 percent of their eligible students! Coverage by WNEP Channel 16 can be found here.

Northwest Area High School Northwest Area High School students receive the GCEA

Northwest Area High School teacher and students receiving the Governor’s Civic Engagement Award.

Malacari said, “'Elections have consequences. The only way we can truly influence government to work for us and see us is to cast a vote. Inspire U.S. helped register young people and involve them in the process of creating a republic for all, not a few.

Fox Chapel Area High School is one of our 16 Inspire schools to have been named a recipient of the Governor’s Civic Engagement Award. Our Fox Chapel School Champ, Jen Klein, supported her students to register their peers to vote on a rolling basis, hosting multiple tabling events at their school.

Fox Chapel Area High School students register their peers to vote at a school event

Fox Chapel Area High School students tabling for Inspire at their school.

These are just a few stories of success from our Inspire schools in Pennsylvania. We would also like to congratulate and recognize the following schools for receiving the Governor’s Civic Engagement Award:

PA Governor Civic Engagement Award Recipients- 2017-18 School year

Along with these Governor’s Civic Engagement Award-winning schools, we worked with a number of schools and students who successfully registered to vote eligible students:

  • Pittsburgh Creative and Performing Arts School - Pittsburgh, PA
  • Westinghouse Academy - Pittsburgh, PA
  • Mt. Lebanon Senior High School - Pittsburgh, PA
  • Unionville High School - Kennett Square, PA
  • Liberty High School - Bethlehem, PA
  • Pine-Richland High School - Gibsonia, PA

How can you get your high school involved next school year?

We are already preparing and planning for the next school year, and wanted to make available all the ways teachers, students and community members can get involved:

  • Rising juniors and seniors can apply to be leaders at their school - 2018-2019 Inspired Leader application. Inspired Leaders are student ambassadors for Inspire at their schools, serving as the students leading peer-to-peer voter registration initiatives at their schools. They will participate in a training in the fall to equip them with the skills and materials they need to register students and will help your school earn the Governor’s Civic Engagement Award. Please forward this application to junior and senior students who might be interested in participating with Inspire during the 2018-2019 school year!
  • You can nominate a high school studentInspired Leader nomination form. We will contact your student nominee.
  • Sign your school up to receive Inspire's support - High School sign up form. Inspire provides training for students, voter registration materials, Get out the Vote support, school voter reports, and full support to earn the Governor's Civic Engagement Award. 


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