Beginning in September, students engage in activities designed to improve their communities and strengthen our democracy. We call this "The Inspired Year."
Collaborating with fellow Leadership Academy graduates, community mentors, and the Inspire Colorado staff at a series of training and events, these young men and women engage their peers and communities while challenging themselves to be stronger leaders and more informed citizens.
The Inspired Year includes:
Mini Academy [September 17, 2016]
The year kicks off with Mini Academy! This workshop features remarks by Inspire US President, Eileen Haag, and candidate for house district 8, Leslie Herod, and includes a voter registration training hosted by the CO's Secretary of State's office. Leaders will connect with their school partners to strategize and prepare their National Voter Registration Day events.
Leadership Academy [November]
At Leadership Academy, students find and strengthen their voices. After uncovering their leadership style, students will prepare to make change in their community through team building, role-playing, and action planning activities.
Voter Registration Efforts [September-May]
In order to improve the civic health of a community and strengthen our democracy, more people need to be involved in the electoral process. To this end, students lead non-partisan voter registration projects at their high schools with fellow students whom they have recruited to support their efforts. The year begins with National Voter Registration Day on September 27th where Inspired Leaders join others across the country as they begin their work to achieve 85% of eligible seniors registered to vote.
Get Out the Vote [September-November]
Before Election Day this November, Inspired Leaders and local volunteers will work alongside our partner organizations to phone bank and lead social media efforts aimed at increasing the youth voter turnout to record numbers this election. Our Inspired Leaders call on the hundreds of students across the state that have pledged to vote and remind them that they have the opportunity to decide the next President of the United States as well as many other state and local offices.
Leadership Academy 2.0/Day at the Capitol [February]
After the winter holidays, we bring the Inspire Colorado staff together with the Inspired Leaders for another two day event where they will greatly expand upon the lessons of the fall Leadership Academy and the experience they have gained in the interim. For the first day, activities and curriculum will focus on holding elected officials accountable, active community engagement, and how to remain engaged and active between election cycles. On the following day, Inspired Leaders will have the opportunity to tour the State Capitol building and meet with elected officials.
Elected Officials Forum [March]
Students will prepare and deliver questions to elected officials from local districts in our state. The elected representatives will speak to the issues concerning our leaders, their families, and their communities. Here students will have the chance to speak directly with current lawmakers as active citizen voters and leaders of their generation.