Voter Girl Project
New Jersey 2020
On March 7, 2020 the League of Women Voters New Jersey and Girl Scouts of New Jersey collaborated on the Voter Girl project - a one-day class for Girl Scouts of all levels to earn citizenship badges through learning about civic engagement and advocacy. Over 500 Girl Scouts participated, led by over 150 LWV volunteers and Girl Scout leaders, and 50 elected officials. The event was held at 4 locations throughout the State: Plainfield, Woodland Park, Brick Township and Pitman. Elected women officials answered questions about their jobs.
Workshops empowered Girl Scouts to act on their right to vote, engage in civil debate and learn to be counted in the 2020 census. Each age level completed a Citizenship badge including Behind the Ballot, Celebrating Community, Finding Common Ground and Inside Government.
A variety of community service groups also set up and distributed information for general knowledge including the US Census Bureau, local historical groups and the local Board of Health.
The day culminated with a parade of scouts waving banners and posters of their own creation celebrating the right of women to vote. This was a wonderful opportunity for girls and women of ALL ages to see women who are actively engage in making Democracy Work, held on the 100th Anniversary of both the League of Women Voters and the 19th Amendment.
Chatham NJ 2019
On March 30, 2019, LWV Morristown Area held all-day workshops for 160 Chatham NJ Girl Scouts focusing on Civic Engagement & the Ins & Outs of Voting! We plan to extend Voter Girl to all northern NJ Girl Scouts in 2020, the Centennial for League of Women Voters of the U.S. and Women's Right to Vote. The kids had a great learning experience & a full day of fun!