“Voting is the foundation for political
action.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The Pennsylvania Departments of State and Education, in
collaboration with Inspire US, are excited to launch the Governor’s Civic
Engagement Award for high schools throughout the state. The award is intended
to recognize and commemorate the efforts of the next generation of leaders to
educate, engage and inform their fellow students about how to get involved in
the voting process. Their success will be measured by voter registration
figures among their school’s eligible student population.
Printer-friendly Pennsylvania voter education materials can be found on the Department of State's votesPA.com website. High schools can also sign up directly with Inspire US at: inspire-usa.org/high_school_signup.
Inspire can help high schools coordinate peer-to-peer voter registration drives
and Get Out the Vote events. They also provide materials and data management,
and organize school celebrations and recognition events.
Students eligible to register to vote are those who are either
18 years of age, or 17 years of age and will be 18 on or before the date of the
next primary, special, municipal, or general election. The application confirming that 65% or 85% percent of
the school’s eligible students are registered can be mailed to the Department
of State, c/o Governor's Civic Engagement Award, 302 North Office Bldg., Harrisburg, PA, 17120 or emailed to Votepa@inspire-usa.org.
Gold Level: 85% of eligible students are registered to
- Student Ambassadors and the school will receive
award certificates from Governor Tom Wolf/Secretary of State Pedro Cortés at a
public ceremony at the school location.
Silver Level: 65% of eligible students registered to
- Student Ambassadors will receive award
Governor's Civic Engagement Award Application (PDF)