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SAN JOSE, CA – On Friday, November 22, the Santa Clara County Office of Education hosted an event designed to promote civic engagement in our community, especially for youth.
“Key stakeholders interested in elevating the participation of youth and residents in civics, civil discourse, and involvement in our shared democratic processes," stated County Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Mary Ann Dewan.
“Encouraging local communities to participate in civic engagement activities is essential to help youth become aware of current issues and events that impact their world. Studies indicate that students who volunteer are more likely to feel connected to their communities, thrive in school, and are less likely to engage in risky conduct," she added.
The event featured a keynote address by the Honorable Supervisor Cindy Chavez, District 2, County of Santa Clara about the Women's Equality 2020 effort. Other notable speakers included Shannon Bushey from the Registrar of Voters and a youth voice panel featuring students from throughout the county.
“I want to encourage everyone, especially our local districts, to assess the levels of civic engagement opportunities that are available. Civic opportunities are for every student at every level and that the most crucial element of this initiative is giving a voice to our youth," added Dewan.
The event was held at 7:30 a.m. at the San Jose Room in the Santa Clara County Office of Education.
Power of Democracy Initiative Page: https://communications325.wixsite.com/santaclarademocracy
Pledge to Support Civic Engagement: https://communications325.wixsite.com/santaclarademocracy/take-the-pledge
Civic Engagement Blog/Email update list: https://communications325.wixsite.com/santaclarademocracy/blog
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About the Santa Clara County Office of Education
Working collaboratively with school and community partners, the Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE) is a regional service agency that provides instructional, business, and technology services to the 31 school districts of Santa Clara County. The County Office of Education directly serves students through special education programs, alternative schools, Head Start and State Preschool programs, migrant education, and Opportunity Youth Academy. The SCCOE also provides academic and fiscal oversight and monitoring to districts in addition to the 22 Santa Clara County Board of Education authorized charter schools.