Media Advisory

NCLR to Unveil High School Voter Education Curriculum at East Austin College Prep

New curriculum will boost awareness of the importance of voting and sustained civic engagement

April 27, 2016

Contact:
Camila Gallardo
cgallardo@nclr.org
(305) 215-4259

WASHINGTON, D.C.—On Thursday, April 28, NCLR (National Council of La Raza) will unveil its High School Democracy Project, a program aimed at creating civic awareness and encouraging voter participation among young Latinos. The pilot program, which will be released at a morning event at East Austin College Prep, will be rolled out at several Texas charter schools that are part of NCLR’s extensive national Affiliate Network. Media are invited to attend the morning presentation and observe the curriculum in action as an East Austin College Prep teacher implements one of the lessons.

Every year, nearly 900,000 young Latino U.S. citizens turn 18 and become eligible to vote. According to Pew Research Center, Latino millennials will account for nearly 44 percent of the eligible Hispanic voters in the 2016 elections. This demographic growth makes young Latinos a much sought-after and increasingly influential voting segment. Texas, home to the second-largest Latino population, just after California, also boasts a large under-18 population, 95 percent of whom are U.S. citizens.

Superintendent Salvador Cavazos will deliver introductory remarks and will be joined by Janet Hernandez, NCLR Senior Civic Engagement Project Manager, who will discuss the importance of the Latino youth vote as the program is unveiled, as well as several students.

Media interested in attending should RSVP to Camila Gallardo at cgallardo@nclr.org.

MEDIA ADVISORY

What: Unveiling of NCLR High School Democracy Project
When: Thursday, April 28, 2016
  11:00 a.m. to noon CDT
Who: Dr. Salvador Cavazos, Superintendent, East Austin College Prep
  Janet Hernandez, Senior Civic Engagement Project Manager, NCLR 
  Alejandro Johnson, Teacher, East Austin College Prep
Where: East Austin College Prep
  5800 E Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard
  Austin, TX 78721

 

NCLR—the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States—works to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans. For more information on NCLR, please visit www.nclr.org or follow along on Facebook and Twitter.

About East Austin College Prep: EAPrep is a free, public charter school that provides a rigorous college preparatory education to students grades 2–12, focusing on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The school also focuses student learning on community service and engagement, cultural arts activities and family engagement, acting as a central part of a larger community transformation initiative from Southwest Key Programs known as the East Austin Children’s Promise.