Kids Voting South Dakota

Program Description

Kids Voting South Dakota (KVSD) is a comprehensive, K-12 curriculum-based program that prepares students to become educated, engaged citizens. In addition to teaching the importance of voting and the election process, students learn to be responsible decision-makers, a trait that carries over into adulthood. In fact, communities with a KVSD program show an eight to 15 percent higher adult voter turnout than those without it. 

Students learn about our democracy through hands-on, action-oriented classroom lessons along with community and family involvement. Activities may include at-home discussions, community projects and students voting at the polls with their parents. 

Our mission is to secure the future of democracy by preparing young people to be educated, engaged citizens. 

Goal

To educate K-12 youth about: 
• The importance of becoming an informed, engaged citizen.
• The role of voting in sustaining a democracy.
• Developing good citizenship skills such as decision-making, willingness to compromise, self-discipline, and being respectful of others. 

Impact

"Kids Voting is the single most important civics program for schoolchildren that exists today. It gives educators the tools they need to inform and inspire the next generation of voters so that they might develop into engaged citizens and the civic leaders of tomorrow. "
Jason Gant, SD Secretary of State
South Dakota

Who Makes this Happen

Kids Voting South Dakota Advisory Board

Jim Ragatz, Chair

Rob Timm, Treasurer

JoAnne Bohl, Secretary 

Sec. of State Jason Gant

Brenda Kleinjan

Sen. Mark Kirkeby  

Dan Ahlers

Sandy Rhoden 

Sam Shaw 

Robin EH. Bagley, Director of Civic Education (staff)

Sponsors

News & Events

Voting Center expansion in SD

Posted: July 02, 2014

Open States app available

Posted: September 11, 2014

KVSD Mt. Rushmore Kickoff

Posted: September 18, 2014