1st A-1st V, Inc is a unique, interactive "outside-the-classroom" enrichment program that aligns with NYS Social Studies Standards in offering opportunity for high school girls to engage in the US political process by gaining knowledge and practicing skills to be active community citizens, and mount/support a campaign for elected office.
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.” In 1848, the Declaration of Sentiments, signed in Seneca Falls, New York by 68 women and 32 men, demanded the government vote in favor of a Constitutional Amendment providing suffrage to all US citizens, including women. It was not until 72 years later after women led the decades-long struggle for the right to vote, that the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution was passed guaranteeing all women in America the right to vote!
"The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation."
Teen girls are provided with detailed information on how and when to cast their first official voting ballot, and on the importance, in a representative democracy, of casting an informed vote in every election for which they are eligible.
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