Due to Covid-19 guidelines, student programs/sessions for 2021 are virtual.
1st Amendment-1st Vote, Inc is a non-partisan seminar and conference opportunity for high school teens who identify as girls to imagine themselves engaged in the political process as leaders and candidates for elected office in adulthood.
Gender parity in US elected offices at the local, state and national levels.
1st Amendment-1st Vote, Inc creates experiential learning opportunities for high school girls to be active leaders engaged in the American political process and provides students with a “foundational tool kit” to run for elected office.
“1st Amendment-1st Vote, Inc. offers non-partisan civic engagement and leadership development opportunities to teen girls in the effort to create a ‘pipeline or bench’ of young women ready, willing and able to run for office or seek professional government-related positions. As a result, we expect to achieve gender parity in US elected offices at local, state and national levels.”
Melina Carnicelli, Founder & President
It’s been over 100 years since passage of the US Constitution’s Amendment XIX when women won the decades-long struggle for the right to vote. Women make up 51% of the current US population, yet continue to be substantially underrepresented in elected office, across-the-board, at an approximate 3:1 ratio of men to women. The 2018, 2019, 2020 Congressional elections in America marked an unprecedented time regarding the number of women running for and elected to national office. However, there’s still a long way to go to close the almost 24% gap necessary to achieve gender parity in elected office at the local, state and national levels. 1st Amendment-1st Vote, Inc is an innovative educational offering addressing this gender gap. While the program is politically
non-partisan, it IS an early opportunity for high school girls to begin to seriously imagine themselves as candidates for elected office, and to begin their engagement in the American political process. In doing so, teen girls ensure, that in their not-too-distant future, more and more women will be ready, willing, able to run for office, win, and hold an equal number of seats as their male counterparts at these all-important leadership tables.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident;
that all men and women are created equal…”
Declaration of Sentiments, 1848, Seneca Falls, New York
We are committed to LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT of teen girls.
We expect GENDER PARITY in governance and leadership positions.
We highly value DIVERSE STUDENT COHORTS for participation in 1st A-1st V.
We appreciate and applaud the COURAGE, CONFIDENCE, TALENT, TIME, EFFORT & FUNDRAISING of women who step (have stepped) forward to mount a campaign for public office.
We seek strategic SUPPORT & FUNDING from individuals, organizations, and companies that share our mission and vision for girls.
We encourage participants to ACTIVELY ENGAGE in 1st A-1st V by voicing their thoughts, opinions, questions, and suggestions.
We are committed to EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION.
We value COLLABORATIVE RELATIONSHIPS.
We utilize and encourage use of MEDIA & TECHNOLOGY to aid participation and interaction, teaching and learning.
Christine Alexander, Educator, Innovation Tech High School
Anthony Barbaro, Treasurer; Non Profit CFO (ret)
Luke Carnicelli, Principal, Southern Cayuga Junior/Senior High School
Melina Carnicelli, President & Founder; Educator (ret) & Mayor (former)
Sheri Dozier – Owens, Regional Director NYS Comptroller’s Office
Mario Gutierrez, Attorney, WHMB Law
Linda Hall, Human Resource Consultant
Anne Herron, Provost, Higher Ed (ret)
Melissa Killeleagh, Arbonne Consultant
Karen King, Vice President; Erie County Commissioner of Public Advocacy
Debra McCormick, City Councilor Auburn NY
Emily McCarter, Educator, Geneva Middle School
Trina Newton, Educator, Superintendent of Schools (ret)
Nathan Richardson, Frederick Douglass Historian & Educator
Amy Tormey, Educator, Skaneateles NY
Morgan Wright, Student, Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Dr. Jones is a celebrated author and former poet laureate of Seattle, WA.
She serves 1st Amendment-1st Vote as a role model for teen girls in America
to find and use their voices for equality and inclusion. "What a great service you are rendering to our young women! Thank you and thanks too for including me on this quest to encourage and educate them about the 'politics' of living."
Dr. Piscopo is widely recognized for her research in support of gender
equality in elected office and scholarly articles on gender in politics and
public policy. At Occidental, she is an affiliate faculty member of Latin
American and Latino Studies.
Ms. Sinzdak is a leader of diversity initiatives to attract women of color to
run for office, a priority outcome of 1st Amendment-1st Vote.
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