Will County Clerk Lauren Staley Ferry met with more than 30 local high school students to launch her student ambassador program aimed at energizing youth participation in elections.
Staley Ferry invited interested students to visit her office for the program launch, dubbed “Pizza and Politics.” She talked with the students about holding nonpartisan voter registration rallies at their schools, according to a news release.
“My goal is for this group of energetic student ambassadors to encourage their friends and classmates not only to vote in next year’s elections but to participate in the election process,” Staley Ferry said. “If our democracy is to remain vibrant, we must empower our students to become involved.”
Participating students came from Joliet West, Joliet Central, Plainfield South, Plainfield Central, Bolingbrook, Beecher, Reed-Custer, Lincoln-Way West, Joliet Catholic Academy, Providence Catholic and Wilmington high schools. Invitations were sent to all Will County high schools.
The county clerk’s staff also registered students who met the qualifying age requirements to vote in next year’s election. Staff also trained qualified students to serve as deputy registrars to register their peers to vote.
Students were tasked with hosting at least one school-related voter registration rally, which would include finding students interested in serving as election judges or election night workers.