Timeline: May, 2015 - December, 2015
Another change that came out of District 1's 2014 cross-cultural dialogue project was the need to educate Saint Paul residents on local (city and county) elections. Community members pointed out that one of the reasons why there is such a low turn out for local elections is that...
District 1 applied for a Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA - with the UMN) grant to push this action step forward. The grant proposed having youth use the arts as a tool for voter education. In Spring of 2015, ten Saint Paul youth of color were recruited and mentored by Chia Lor and Clara Ware. The youth named themselves: The Voices.
Over the summer, they busied themselves with
Their hip-hop music video, "Your Vote is Your Voice," was aired 175 times before the local election in November and was featured at the 2015 Saint Paul Neighborhood Honor Roll.