Girls Inc.

From top left, clockwise, are Katherine Almaguer, Charlotte Pettit-Cook, Louisa Urani and Leslie Martinez of Girls Inc., who let their voices be heard in mock elections held at the Foothill Road campus on Nov. 6.

Girls Inc. of Carpinteria held their annual “She Votes” mock election on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 5. The “She Votes” program is a non-partisan initiative that teaches girls of all ages about civic engagement and the democratic process. Girls learn how legislators make decisions at all levels of government, and how those decisions impact the girls’ lives.

Trained staff expose girls to the excitement of government and running for office through relevant activities, speakers and field trips. Through these experiences, girls gain the skills and confidence to be future voters, candidates and leaders in their community. This year, the girls voted on propositions created by second through fifth grade girls to address on-campus issues.

All propositions passed with a majority of 70 percent. Girls also voted on their choice of a special snack. (Popsicles won in a landslide over pizza, chips and fruit.)

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