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YLI and AME Announce 100 Day Report Card

The Youth Leadership Initiative (YLI) and America’s Mock Election (AME) teamed up to produce the AME Hundred Days Report Card. YLI interns researched and created info graphics on President Trump’s first one hundred days in office. Topics covered in this forty minute program include immigration, environmental protection, foreign policy, education, and health care. Use this […]

YLI and America’s Mock Election Results Show!

The Youth Leadership Initiative (YLI) has announced the winners of its 2016 National Mock Election. Polls were opened to the students of over fifty-thousand registered teachers from October 17th- 27th. As polls closed on the 27th, Meg Heubeck, Director of the Youth Leadership Initiative, travelled to Washington, D.C. to deliver the results to the set […]

2016 Mock Election Partnership

From October 17-27, the Youth Leadership Initiative will host the 2016 National Mock Election. During this time students across the nation will have a chance to demonstrate enthusiasm for and understanding of the American political system by voting in their presidential, congressional, and gubernatorial elections. YLI has partnered with America’s Mock Election to provide fun […]

YLI holds Super Student Primary Mock Election

The Youth Leadership Initiative will run a modified primary mock election from February 22-29, 2016 with results posting on March 1. The online voting activity will coincide with the Super Tuesday primaries and give students an opportunity to weigh in on the presidential hopefuls. YLI will hold an open primary meaning that students may choose […]

YLI Plans Student Film Contest and Viewing

The Youth Leadership Initiative has chosen, “Get Loud. Your Vote is Your VOICE!” as the theme for this year’s National Mock Election. In support of the 2016 Mock Election YLI is sponsoring a student-film contest for middle and high school students. YLI is looking to package the films into a documentary entitled, “Voting in 2016: […]

YLI’s 2015 Mock Election and Youth Voter Survey measures student attitudes towards voting

The 2015 YLI National Mock Election and Youth Voter Survey was held from October 19th through November 3rd in classrooms across the US. Students in Kentucky, Louisiana, and Mississippi voted for Governor, and the entire nation weighed in on their voting attitudes and experiences. The Youth Leadership Initiative created the Youth Voter Survey in order […]

YLI moderates the Summit for Future of Civic Engagement

The Youth Leadership Initiative facilitated a conversation on the future of youth civic engagement on behalf of America’s Mock Election (AME). The event took place on Tuesday, August 18 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.c. America’s Mock Election is a non-partisan, non-profit organization whose mission is to generate 3-5 million voters in the […]

YLI Holds Third Teacher Day Workshop in Coordination with LoWV

Thanks to funding from the League of Women Voters of Charlottesville (LoWV), the Youth Leadership Initiative held its third Teacher Day workshop on July 24th on the Grounds of the University of Virginia. This year’s event was focused on voting- past, present, and future. Approximately thirty teachers travelled to Charlottesville from across Virginia and Maryland […]

Constitution Day 2015: Lunch with James Madison video now Live!

Do you have Constitution Day plans for your students? Join thousands from across America on September 17 by being a part of the Youth Leadership Initiative’s first online video event, Constitution Day 2015: Lunch with James Madison! This twenty-six minute film features seven high school and middle school aged students sharing lunch and discussing the […]