More than 200 high school student ambassadors are taking part in a statewide leadership program. Georgia's Secretary of State, Brian Kemp, held a kickoff event for the program Thursday on Mercer University's campus.
One ambassador, Safe'u-el Franklin, says she learned an easy way to register to vote from a previous ambassador at Westside High School.
“My peers were motivating other peers to vote, and I was like I want to get involved in that,” says Franklin. She says she saw the Georgia Secretary of State's ambassador program work.
“People were actually willing to vote and wondering asking questions about why they should vote and they would explain it to them,” says Franklin.
Ambassador Emily Pugh says not enough people at her school know how to register to vote.
“That's something that's a huge problem at my school. Very few people know what to do in order to get registered, and they don’t know how easy it is,” says Pugh.
Kemp says the ambassadors will learn the various ways to register to vote, and then go back to their schools and tell students about them. One way is by texting G-A to the number 2VOTE. They will get back a link for registering and more information on voting.
Secretary of State Brian Kemp says the students also gain leadership experience.
“I think the students really pay attention when their colleagues or peers are talking to them versus some elected official that they’ve never really heard of,” says Kemp.
Franklin says she hopes her role can positively affect students at her school.
“What goes on today in history will effect tomorrow in history and the day after that and the day after that, and that’s an important step in American history,” says Franklin.
Kemp says any high school students are welcome to apply. If you are interested in applying email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call (404) 654-6045. .
Mary Grace Shaw, 13WMAZ