What's it like to be involved in an Inspire U.S. Program? Whether you are a high school student, teacher, community leader, or supporter, when you get involved, you are helping young voices speak out and be heard in our federal, state, and local governments.
The Inspire U.S. Program kicks off in the summer and continues during the school year. The program will vary in each Inspire State, but here are the key components. Learn more about your Inspire State's program.
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The Academy, typically in the summer, is one of the most important components of the Inspire U.S. Program. As a student Inspired Leader, you'll develop critical leadership and problem-solving skills as you assess the civic health of your state, advance your effectiveness as a communicator, and plan projects and activities focused on making a positive impact in your community. Most importantly, you will be trained to register your peers to vote.
Student-Led First-Vote Projects
In order to improve the civic health of a community and strengthen our democracy, more people need to be involved in the electoral process. To this end, student Inspired Leaders lead nonpartisan voter registration projects at their high schools. These projects help encourage your peers to participate as active citizens.
Regional Inspire U.S. Meetings
Each semester, college mentors (often Inspired Leader alumni!) and high school teams host meetings for everyone to reconnect, receive additional leadership training, and provide community project updates.
Each Inspire U.S. Program hosts a one-day conference that simulates an election. This gives you, the student, the opportunity to practice skills associated with civil discourse and community decision making. The simulation is a dynamic recreation of the campaign and election process.
Civic Action and Candidate Forums
You will collaborate with your peers to focus on issues in your own communities. After researching local concerns, reviewing existing and proposed policies, and interacting with decision-makers, you'll educate fellow high school students on the issue, include a "call to action," and ensure their voices are heard. When voters speak, elected officials listen.
Student Legislative Day
You'll meet with legislators to discuss the issues impacting your state and to learn more about how your state is governed.
At the conclusion of the school year, you'll gather with fellow student Inspired Leaders to celebrate the achievements of your life-changing experience.
Stay Involved as an Inspired Alum
Your Inspire U.S. Experience does not end with the first year. We'll keep in touch about ways you can be involved in local elections, civic events and mentoring young people in your community after you graduate.