School Champion encourages students to vote

Inspire U.S. school champion, Rachel Zane, shares her thoughts about the importance of engaging eligible high school voters through peer-to-peer interactions.  Read more from our interview with Rachel Zane.

Rachel Zane, a science teacher from William Allen High School in Pennsylvania, shares her thoughts about the importance of engaging eligible high school voters through peer-to-peer interactions. Ms. Zane, together with her principal, Mr. Shannon Mayfield, and several Inspired Leaders have already registered and pledged to vote more than 100 seniors at their high school this year.  

It's important to start early in engaging young people to vote.

The more that people get in the habit of voting at a young age the more likely they are to continue it into adulthood. Younger voters outnumber the older voters, but consistent turnout is a major issue.

Students respond to their peers. 

The number of registered voters in our school has increased for sure, but I think students hearing about voting from peers has had a really big impact on the actual desire for those students to vote. It is one thing to hear about it from a teacher or adult, but an entirely different thing to hear it from a peer.

Shifting the culture of voting among young voters starts at the local level. 

Focusing on local elections that have an effect on local lives has had a profound impact on my students. Presidential elections get press but the DA/Sheriff/Mayor etc. changes our daily lives!!!

Highlight from the Inspire experience...

Watching the students see success from their program planning and take ownership of the process of registering their peers to vote.

Photo: Inspired Leaders with their teacher Rachel Zane, Inspire staff Hilary Kinney, and Principal Mr. Shannon Mayfield at William Allen High School