HIGH SCHOOL LEADERSHIP PROGRAMS

Not 18? No problem.

Voting isn’t our only tool in our civic toolbox. We are powerful even If we’re not old enough to vote.

Across Montana students have been marching out of their classrooms and into their communities to raise their voices about gun violence in our schools. But marching isn’t enough to create long-term change. The energy we see from young leaders, march organizers, and high school activists is incredible.  In order to create a sustainable movement, we’ve created programs that provide the civic knowledge (Underage Democracy) and the practice (Democracy Days) to create even BIGGER change in their communities. 

We’re here to help… and we’ve got cool schwag. Contact our High School Outreach Coordinator at highschool@forwardmontana.org with questions, concerns or to get free stickers!

Underage Democracy Civics Templates

Mock Election Template

80 Minutes

This mock election isn’t your grandma's mock election. Students will explore the impact just a handful of votes can have on the outcome of an actual election. Along the way, students will learn about the life (and death) of a ballot measure and how we can remove barriers to exercising the right to vote.

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Democracy Scavenger Hunt Template

30 minutes (in-class), 15 hours (out-of-class)

Have you been looking for democracy in all the wrong places? This scavenger hunt will give students experience in democracy small and large. From talking to a parent about their views on voting, to attending a public meeting, this scavenger hunt will help young people understand where, how, and when they can create change in their communities.

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Voting Rights Timeline Template

50 minutes

Follow the fight for voting rights through history. The Voting Rights Timeline will move your students through each battle for enfranchisement, helping them understand the hard-fought battle for voting rights in the United States and Montana specifically.

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High School Fellowship

Are you ready to change the world?

Forward Montana Foundation is seeking a rad group of high school students from around the state. Fellows will be responsible for leading their peers through our Underage Democracy civics templates, as well as coordinating fun events for High School Day of Voter Action and National Voter Registration Day. Fellows will also be invited to exclusive trainings on all things Community Organizing--from how to tell their story of self to turning their friends out to vote. Fellows should be organized, love democracy, and be down to throw parties.

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Democracy Days

Voter Registration Drives

Stay tuned for 2019's Democracy Days

This year we kicked off the first-ever Democracy Days, a peer-led, non-partisan, statewide voter registration effort in high schools. Over 3 days and in 11 high schools, we registered 237 voters. Democracy Days 2019 will come soon! Stay on the lookout for registration in early 2019. Remember, we'll provide all the training, forms, posters, and schwag you need to host your own voter registration drive. All you need to participate is a student leader and a staff adviser!