How is 1st A-1st V, Inc funded?
- Private Foundations
- Publicly-funded Grants & Underwriting
- Corporate & Individual Contributions
- NYS BOCES Co-Ser Program Eligibility
- In-kind Donations
What’s the demographic comprising an annual cohort?
- Total Students: 150 maximum
- New York State regions served: CNY, WNY, Rochester-area, Southern Tier, Syracuse City, and Capital District
- Priority: 10th & 11th graders representing a diverse student population
How many students can participate?
- 30 students per region
What does the program cost per student?
- Approximately $500 per school year
Is there a cost to school districts for participation?
YES, school districts participate in a cost-share:
- 50% of program cost/student covered by 1st Amendment-1st Vote, Inc
- Districts may participate via a BOCES CoSer program; cost gap covered by 1st A-1st V, Inc
- Student transportation to/from program venues
- Staff substitute for chaperone release time, if needed
- NO COST to participating students and their families
How are students recruited for program participation?
- High schools recruit and select participants.
- 1st A-1st V requires a diverse group of students who:
– demonstrate leadership, in some way.
– demonstrate positive, personal characteristics that are representative of her high school.
What are the required sessions for students and chaperones?
- 30 minute in-school orientation meeting with program facilitator (prior to Seminar)
- Full-day instructional SEMINAR (off-site)
- FIELD TRIP: historic Seneca Falls, Birthplace of Women’s Rights in America (optional)
- Two-day LEADERSHIP ACTION SUMMIT (overnight stay at hotel venue)
Does student participation require time away from school?
- YES, including one overnight stay. See above for expected attendance.
Does the program align with NYS Standards/Themes?
- NYS Social Studies Standards address: Foundations of American Democracy; Civil Rights and Civil Liberties; Rights, Responsibilities and Duties of Citizenship; Political and Civic Participation; and, Public Policy….all of which are built into 1st Amendment-1st Vote’s program content. Program content is presented via the instructional SEMINAR, FIELD TRIP visit to Historic Seneca Falls, and Leadership ACTION Summit where students finalize and present their school-level ACTION PLAN for REAL CHANGE in their home schools; and, engage in a simulation addressing strategic campaign roles for a local elected office including the “candidate’s” 3-minute stump speech focusing on a local environmental or civic rights “hot button” issue.
Are there follow-up opportunities for participants?
YES…opportunities may vary from year-to-year, such as:
- Serve on 1st Amendment-1 st Vote, Inc Board of Directors as its student representative
- Serve on 1st Amendment-1 st Vote’s STUDENT VOICES TEAM
- Serve a volunteer internship at Women’s Rights National Historical Park or Erie County Commission on the Status of Women, or other related affiliation
- Recruit one classmate for following year’s program…and/or serve as a program presenter
- Volunteer in her community on a Presidential, Congressional or state/local candidate’s campaign
- Program Ambassador
What is your plan for sustainability?
Download or view our Strategic Action Plan 2021-2027 HERE