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Kids Voting – Northern Shenandoah Valley (KV-NSV) is a non-partisan, non-profit organization 501(c)3 dedicated to educating young people about the importance of voting. It is affiliated with the Kids Voting USA (KV-USA) program which was founded in 1988 as a grassroots effort to combat voter apathy by developing a strong generation of voters. Today there are more than 20 million students involved in Kids Voting programs nationwide. 

KV-NSV seeks to create opportunities for children in our area to better understand living and participating in a democracy. The program is first introduced to student in the classroom through the Kids Voting USA Curriculum. The K-12 compilation of activities is a widely praised, action-oriented document. Its goal is that each student, through firsthand experience, develop information-gathering skills that aid in critical decision-making regarding issues effecting our democratic process. 

On election day, kids go to the polls with a parent or guardian and vote at the Kids Voting booth on the same issues as adults. Results are reported by the news media just as official adult election results are reported. 

Voting is not simply about the sheer number of students participating in the program at the polls; it’s also about developing informed voters who care about participating so that democracy in the United States is preserved.