Emily Lamb – Girl Scout Gold Award Recipient

Chatham High School

Project Title: Encouraging Youth Voices in Political Activism

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Emily worked to increase the level of connection between high school students and the government. In order to do this, she created youth advisory positions on the Board of Education. Secondly, she encouraged youth voter participation by distributing voter education packets to each student at Chatham High School as they turn eighteen. The packets included information on an upcoming election or important issues that relate to students (such as common-sense gun legislation and education costs) as well as how to register to vote and contact their elected officials.

She ran these programs to increase the amount of youth representation in government. Despite the fact that many of the issues discussed in local government affect students, there has been very little outreach to gain the perspectives of students. In turn, those students feel like their voices do not matter in reference to the government, and thus do not make an effort to vote. By working from both sides - the government and the students - She was able to prove that youth representation must be a significant part of any level of government.