Mile High Youth Vote
The mission of this pilot program is to engage and introduce students to the voting process and help kickstart their entry into becoming active, educated voters.
The aim is to spread this program throughout Denver Public Schools and continue to grow the city's base of active and educated youth voters.
After participating in this program, students will hopefully be inclined and able to discuss the voting process among their peers and homes to foster dialog and civic and community engagement no matter an individual’s or family’s status.
Participants of the Clerk’s Summer Youth Program began preparations to organize and administer mock elections modeled after Denver’s November 2021 Coordinated Election.
Ballots for the students’ mock election included the same initiatives that appeared on the county’s official ballots. Assisted by the Denver Elections Division, the students designed the ballots, raised awareness about the election, administered the election, then tabulated and shared the results.
Election Day for youth voting was held in October, just as the elections division mailed ballots to more than 460,000 active registered voters in Denver. Our first two pilot schools were DSST: College View and DSST: Conservatory Green. The two schools were in friendly competition with each other for most turnout and the winner received the Inaugural Good Trouble Award.
Learn more at https://bit.ly/mile-high-youth-vote.
Clerk and Recorder Summer Scholars
The Clerk’s Summer Youth Program, a six-course pilot designed to immerse students in the voting process and increase civic engagement, concluded Monday, August 2.
In collaboration with Denver School of Science and Technology (DSST) College View and DSST Conservatory Green, the Denver Elections Division taught students all aspects of elections administration, including: voter engagement and communications, operations, data management, ballot design, processing and tabulation, GIS mapping, voter services, election judge recruitment, and budget management.
Students were also introduced to other functions of the Office of the Clerk and Recorder, including Recording, Public Trustee, and City Clerk. If you are interested in becoming a 2022 Clerk and Recorder Scholar please email OCREngagement@denvergov.org.