In 2016, the LWVLA was the recipient of a generous grant from League members Rebecca and James Mauch for the purpose of identifying and implementing strategies for engaging millennials in the civic life of our democracy.
Mission: to engage young people in the civic life of our democracy in the United States in general and specifically in the LWVLA's service area of Union County, PA.
Vision: to instill in the young people involved a life-long passion for and engagement in the civic life of our democracy.
What we do:
- Voter education and other electoral support activities
- Encourage civil discourse regarding issues facing citizens and legislators at all levels of government
- Inform young people about current issues
- Educate youth about the legislative process
BUCKNELL FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM
The Bucknell-Mauch Fellowship Program, an initiative co-sponsored by the Bucknell Political Science Department, is designed to enhance political participation among the Bucknell student body through a series of student-run election forums on issues. These facilitated discussions are intended to communicate the importance of voting, learning about election-related issues, and engaging in informed debate on decisive issues. The Fellows also provide information on voter registration. This year’s Fellows are Jerra Holdip (’23), Annie Maley (’21), and Maya McKeever (’21).
the economy and government response to the downturn
- Mid-term elections: what to expect and why they matter
- Republican and Democrat platforms re: gun legislation
- Celebrating women running for office and why it’s important
“…my experience as a Mauch Fellow helped me get my job, and the skills I learned from leading the forums have helped me perform my job better. Learning about issues from many different points of view, and working to present those issues in a non-partisan way, has made me a stronger and more effective communicator and more empathetic listener.” Midge Zuk, Bucknell Mauch Fellow ’18’-19, paralegal at the Manhattan DA’s office
“The Mauch Fellows program provides students at Bucknell with a chance to engage in-depth with election year issues that are important to them, and in a context that is different from many other political discussions on campus. And for student fellows, who are already leaders on campus, the forums have been an excellent chance to practice skills in leadership and peer education.” Scott Meinke, professor of political science and Mauch Fellow adviser
High School Program
Learning about the legislative process: Ninth-grade students from Mr. Gessner's civics classes at the Lewisburg HS experience this process firsthand, either in the classroom or with a visit to the State Capitol in Harrisburg. With help from our local state representative or his/her assistant, the students present their arguments for the bill to their fellow classmates for a vote.
Student interns: Each year the Mauch Committee selects a high school intern who is interested in completing a project related to civic education.
established the relationship between the Mauch Project and Lewisburg Area High School.
studying at Elon College, where she reported using what she learned working with the Mauch Project in a get-out-the-vote campaign in November 2018.
prepared social media postings.
was an exchange student with Denmark AFS Intercultural Program.
will attend Tulane University beginning fall of 2020.
developed, wrote, and managed blog posts written by students from the area discussions current events and issues at the local, regional, and national level. To read the blog: https://lwvlewisburgarea.wordpress.com/ .
is studying at Yale University.
formatted a Student Guide to Voting to post on the League’s website.
set up an Instagram page to promote the League’s activities and events.
was named the Daily Item Young American for March 2, 2020.
The intern for 2020-2021 is Paige Kaszuba. We are looking forward to working with her!
“It is hard to know what it means to defend democracy until you sit down with the League of Women Voters of the Lewisburg Area. During the two years that I worked for the League, I became a better writer, thinker, and citizen. I met people with the persistence and skill to implement their visions and the generosity and receptivity to assist with my own.” Nick Jacobson, ’19-’20 high school intern, studying at Yale University.
Voter registration drive: Lewisburg HS requires their students to do a senior project. With our League's support, this year senior Allie Mast planned and conducted a voter registration drive at the high school and registered 30 students. Read more about this in the Daily Item at http://dailyitem.cnhi.newsmemory.com/publink.php?shareid=1b58f2586
Allie was recognized as a Daily Item Young American for April 13, 2020.
“We are very proud of what the young men and women have done with the help of this project and the League of Women Voters. Now more than ever we see the importance of voting, and of protecting the rights of citizens to vote. We have learned that every election, even the so-called ‘off year’ elections, are so important to the preservation of our democracy. In 2020 there are so many issues to be decided that it is more important than ever to vote, and to inform ourselves about the people and issues that are part of our voting decisions. No one does a better job of informing us than the League in Lewisburg.” Jim and Rebecca Mauch, benefactors of the Mauch Millennial Project
Lewisburg Children's Museum
Vote LCM: The Mauch Project partnered with the Lewisburg Children’s Museum (LCM) to create a voting booth exhibit that opened on May 19, 2019. The exhibit teaches children the basics about voting and encourages families to share their experiences with civic participation. Since then, over 20,000 guests have had the opportunity to learn about voting in a fun way. We also donated a number of books on voting for story time and individual reading.
Pop-up exhibit celebrating 100 years of women's suffrage: This exhibit helps children to learn about the fight for women to vote and about the women who waged this fight. Shortly after the opening of the exhibit in March of 2020, the museum had to close as the coronavirus pandemic swept the nation. This temporary exhibit will be available for viewing when the museum reopens.
“The exhibit not only helps children understand the voting process, but also gives them an active voice in family conversations. Which is what voting is all about—being heard!” Kahla DeSmit, Executive Director of the Lewisburg Children’s Museum
Future activities: The Mauch Committee and the LCM will work together to create special programming related to the exhibits.
- Supported subscription to media literacy program 'Checkology' for Lewisburg Middle School teacher. One student reported that the program had “opened up her third eye.”
- Facilitated the civic education component of a youth leadership program at the Donald L. Heiter Community Center