The Priory Upper School and Middle School students dedicated this past weekend to increasing civic engagement in our community in preparation for the upcoming election on November 6. The students volunteered at the HawaiiState Library on Saturday, October 6 and at the Hawaii State Capitol during Hawaii Children and Youth Day on
Sunday, October 7. Their mission was to encourage O'ahu residents to participate in the democratic process by registering to vote.
Teacher Lanaly Cabalo served as the civic engagement team leader for the project. She says that students in The Priory's AP Government class, which is a part of the Stevens Global Leadership program, decided to take action using networking and collaboration because Hawai'i has low voter turnout.
"We wanted to find a way to engage the community and provide an easy way to register to vote," Cabalo said. "By participating in the 25th Annual Hawaii Children and Youth Day, we hoped to encourage the younger generation to get involved in our government and provide access to potential voters who may not otherwise ever consider voting."
Fifteen students volunteered at the events and 10 of them who met the age requirement registered themselves to vote. Over the course of the weekend, 30 voter registration applications were completed and submitted. Students who were too young to register received pocket constitutions and certificates indicating their pledge to participate in democracy.
Cabalo said, "I was happy to see that we were the only high school at the Hawaii Children and Youth Day whose sole purpose was to promote political participation within the next generation of voters."