By the People: Election 2004 . For Kids, Parents and Teachers | PBS

For Kids, Parents and Teachers

Getting young people involved in the voting process has long been a challenge in America. Eighteen to twenty year-olds have the lowest voter turnout of any group of citizens. Young people who do vote, however, often do so because they learned about the importance of elections when they were kids and they grew to believe it was an honor and a privilege.

PBS is here to help nurture the next generation of voters:

  • Educators, find over 30 lesson plans for both elementary and secondary classrooms, on topics ranging from the electoral college to campaign finance, political humor and more.

  • Kids may not be able to vote in the general election, but these election resources are sure to get them involved. And kids can speak out in The Kidsí Vote — their very own presidential election — on November 2nd!

  • Hit the campaign trail to check out historic and unusual campaign memorabilia from American presidential campaigns, and explore a dossier of little-known "presidential secrets."

  • Kids, try your hand at being President for a day, learn how government affects you, step inside a voting booth and more at The PBS Kids Democracy Project.

  • Parents, explore The PBS Kids Democracy Project with your kids, and find resources for you and activities you can do together at the PBS Parents Web site.