Media Advisory

NCLR to Implement High School Voter Education Curriculum at Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School

Curriculum will boost awareness of the importance of voting and sustained civic engagement

September 19, 2016

Camila Gallardo
(305) 215-4259

WASHINGTON, D.C.—On Tuesday, September 20, Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School will begin instruction of the Democracy Project, a curriculum launched earlier this year by NCLR (National Council of La Raza). The purpose of the curriculum is to create civic awareness and encourage voter participation among young Latinos in the classroom. Twenty educators at Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School, an NCLR Affiliate, will implement the curriculum at the Sonia Gutierrez Campus. The school will engage GED, ESL and other students to register to vote in the classroom so they can be ready to cast their vote in the upcoming presidential election.

Every year, nearly 900,000 young Latinos 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 an increasingly influential segment of voters.

The event is part of the NCLR Democracy Project Week of Action, which is taking place this week with 50 partners in 16 states. Media are invited to cover the curriculum instruction; school officials and NCLR representatives will be available for interviews following a brief introductory presentation beginning at 10:20 a.m. Media wishing to attend should RSVP to Camila Gallardo at or (305) 215-4259.


What:            NCLR Democracy Project Implementation at Carlos Rosario
                       International Public Charter School, Sonia Gutierrez Campus

When:            Tuesday, September 20, 2016
                       Curriculum Implementation in Classrooms: 8:30 a.m.–11:00 a.m.
                       Presentation: 10:20 a.m.–11:30 a.m.

Who:              Allison R. Kokkoros, Chief Executive Officer, Carlos Rosario International
                           Public Charter School
                       Karen Rivas, Principal, Sonia Gutierrez Campus
                       Janet Hernandez, Senior Civic Engagement Project Manager, NCLR

Where:          Sonia Gutierrez Campus
                       514 V Street, NE
                       Washington, DC 20002

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 or follow along on Facebook and Twitter.