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BBYO Partners with Public High School for a Rock the Vote Concert and Week of Election Issues Education

April 18, 2012

Community-Wide Rock the Vote Concert on April 28 Headlines Weeklong Series of Events

Rockville, MD — Thomas S. Wootton High School, BBYO, Rock the Vote, Youth Service America, Interfaith Works! and a growing coalition of local and national municipal, political and service-oriented agencies will organize and sponsor a series of student-created and teen-led events entitled ‘TUNED IN: Be the Voice that Rocks the World,’ from April 16th – 28th. The project’s goal is to motivate thousands of teenagers to take an active role in election year opportunities, serve their community and develop civic responsibility.

While teens have strong opinions on the issues and are motivated to participate in the political process, identifying avenues for involvement (especially for teens not yet of voting age) can be challenging. 'TUNED IN: Be the Voice that Rocks the World' was created to provide thousands of Rockville students avenues through which to get involved and have their voices heard.

Informed by a statistical research survey of the Wootton High School student body, TUNED IN is a student-created, peer-led comprehensive program, which will meet the needs and interests of Wootton’s students. Throughout the two weeklong program, which will culminate with a community Rock the Vote concert, students will learn about the issues at stake in this year’s election, hear from community leaders involved in civics, participate in a service and advocacy fair and attend an empowerment concert.

Below is a detailed plan of TUNED IN:

Monday, April 16th through Wednesday, April 18th

Wootton High School will highlight election year issues through a non-partisan lens across many departments. Teachers were given topical choices to explore with students about issues relative to the 2012 Presidential and Congressional elections. Each department has been assigned topic areas that relate to regular course material and student leaders have been busy preparing lesson plans alongside faculty collaboratively.

Lesson plan highlights include:

  • Homeroom Classes: Statistical Survey of Wootton Student Body
  • Foreign Language Classes: Immigration
  • Technology Classes: Energy
  • Physical Education and Health Classes: Healthcare
  • Arts and Science Classes: Education
  • Social Studies: The Economy

Thursday, April 19th

Every English class will feature a panel of students that will lead class discussions about the issues discussed earlier in the week. This will be an opportunity for debate and reflection through peer-to-peer dialogue about current events, election year issues and the significance of this generation’s role in this year’s election.

Friday, April 20th

Wootton High School will hold a school-wide assembly that will include student created multimedia pieces highlighting teen perspectives on community service and the election. The assembly will feature-accomplished individuals that have dedicated their lives to community service and civic participation including Matthew Segal, founder of Our Time, and Cathy Tisdale, National CEO of Camp Fire USA. Also Friday, capitalizing on the week’s enthusiasm, more than 36 political and service-based organizations will come together for an activism fair at Wootton High School to make volunteer and internships opportunities tailored for a high school student’s schedule available to the student body.

Wednesday, April 25th

Wootton High School will embrace election fever! Students will elect new class officers, new student government association offers, and place their votes for the next Student Member of the Board (SMOB) on Montgomery County’s Board of Education. Simultaneously, students will be coordinating a school-wide voter registration drive to ensure that as many students are registered as possible.

Saturday, April 28th

Celebrating two-weeks of inspiring efforts, thousands of Wootton students, area teenagers (permitted by association with coalition organizations), alumni and families will gather for TUNED IN’s premiere event at Wootton High School’s athletics arena for a Rock the Vote teen empowerment rally and concert. The evening will feature student created multimedia pieces, student speakers, elected representatives and musical headliners, Third Eye Blind and Timeflies. CNN’s John King will host the evening.

Initiative partners currently include:

American Red Cross

Americans United Barrons Lumber

B'nai B'rith Perlman Camp

Bikes for the World

Capital Camps and Retreat Center

Campfire USA

College Democrats of America

College Republicans of America

D.C. Council BBYO

D.C. Vote, Green Peace

Hilton Garden Inn Rockville

Interfaith Works!

LaserShip Inc.

League of Women Voters of MoCo

Mamma Lucia Restaurant

Manna Food Center

MoCo Coalition for the Homeless

MoCo Board of Elections

MoCo Federation of Republican Women

Montgomery County Republican Party

Obama for America

Operation Fly

Our Time

Pretty Polly Productions

Rock the Vote

Sierra Club

Stepping Stones Shelter

Susan G. Komen

Thomas S. Wootton High School SGA

Washington Talent Agency

Youth Service America

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