Bucks County Student Voters (BCSV) is a grassroots nonpartisan organization working with local school districts in Bucks County and the community at large to enhance civics education. The mission of BCSV is three-fold—to teach our youth to be responsible and informed citizens; to provide a hands-on, realistic voting experience on Election Day; and to increase adult voter participation through a “trickle up” effect.
Bucks County Student Voters (BCSV) has partnered with public and private/parochial schools in Bucks County, the Bucks County Board of Elections, the League of Women Voters, the Intelligencer and Bucks County Courier Times, and United Way of Bucks County. In 2013 The Bucks County Intermediate Unit #22 assumed responsibility of the BCSV Program (formerly Kids Voting of Southeast PA).
How it Works:Before Election Day in the Community: Excitement for the political process is rediscovered among adults because of youth involvement. Bucks County Student Voters raises funds and prints ballots. Volunteers are recruited through our “Adopt A Precinct” program giving local schools, civic organizations, and businesses an opportunity to share the spirit at the polls. Volunteers assist students on Election Day helping them through the voting process. Election Day: Students in grade K-12 go to official polls with parents or guardians and cast their own ballots in their own Bucks County Student Voters polling booth on the same candidates and issues as the adults. Upper level students have the option of voting in the classroom if their school district chooses that portion of the program. The project not only builds youth involvement in democracy, but participating communities often see adult voter turnout increase by 3 to 8%.
Before Election Day in the Classroom: In Bucks County Student Voters, there is active participation in the classroom. The BCSV curriculum is grade specific and “hands-on.” It stimulates active creativity and develops information gathering and critical thinking skills in students.If you are interested in volunteering, sponsoring, or getting involved with BCSV please contact:Diana WalkerBucks County Intermediate Unit #22705 N. Shady Retreat RoadDoylestown, PA 18901215-348-2940 ext. 1605