Destination Democracy is the high school service-learning curriculum produced by Kids Voting USA. Through the lessons and activities in Destination Democracy, high school students practice the skills of democratic living as they learn important civic lessons in the classroom and participate in activities in their communities. The service-learning activities in the curriculum focus on meaningful civic involvement through voting, voter registration, working for political candidates, educating young children about the political process, and addressing community issues of interest to high school youth. Destination Democracy can be used by high school teachers, club advisors, youth group leaders and others interested in engaging high school youth in service to their schools and communities.
Why a service-learning high school curriculum? High schools are increasingly recognizing the need to involve young people in active experiences to help them acquire civic skills in their schools and communities. Combining service activities with academic skills and content in the high school curriculum creates opportunities for both meaningful community impact and important student learning. It is our hope that this curriculum will contribute to a revitalized democracy that includes American youth as informed and active participants.
Wade, Rahima C., "Destination Democracy: An Educator's Guide to the Activities" (2002). Guides. 50.