The Voice of Democracy class created this inspirational video to spread a message of optimism for the future of our country. Throughout the semester the students, led by teacher Lucy Pinkwater, learned about the role of the individual in the functions of the U.S. government.
Through their study of voter behavior, the class examined the possible causes of low participation among the voting age population. The statistics were eye-opening and it often left them wondering why so many people who can vote, don’t vote.
With the backdrop of the government shut-down this past fall, the students began to realize how easy it is for one to feel apathetic about the government. However, the girls also began to realize how important the role of the individual is and that a message of optimism might be a way to encourage young voters to participate, spread awareness, and use their voices to make change.
The students also started to recognize that Archer is a reason to be hopeful because the girls here are not afraid to stand up for their beliefs. This video is meant to encourage the Archer community to participate in government at every level, and even when you don’t have a vote – you still have a voice!
Featured image: An Archer student proudly displays her optimism for her voice in the country’s future. Photographer: Syd Stone ’16.