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Student Connect is a program created to connect students with their communities and provide youth with an opportunity to participate in the democratic process by working in a voting place during general elections.
Participating students must:
Offered to schools across the City, the Student Connect program gives students the opportunity to experience first hand the democratic process by placing participants in voting place jobs during a general election.
Student Connect was introduced in 2001 as a pilot for a City of Toronto by-election. Due to the pilot's overwhelming success and the cooperation of the City's School Boards, the program was fully implemented for the 2003 general election and has been a recruitment staple ever since.
The program provides students an opportunity to enhance the knowledge they have gained in the classroom and develop skills through practical work experience.
By informing and engaging students in the electoral process, Student Connect aims to facilitate the development of young people's democratic awareness, and provide them with evidence that they can make a positive difference in their communities and in their city.
Election Services administers student connect by providing schools with program information, application packages and reserving student positions at voting places.
Election Services will:
The role of the school in the student connect program starts with identifying a school facilitator. This may be a principal, vice-principal, secretary, teacher or any other faculty member.
The facilitator's first responsibility is to ensure your school is registered and indicate the approximate number of participants. While each school determines what students will be offered the opportunity to participate in Student Connect, Election Services suggests students who are:
Facilitator's should expect a time commitment of approximately 15 hours over the course of the Student Connect program.
Participants in the Student Connect Program will have the opportunity to gain customer service skills and valuable experience about the voting process.
Students will have the opportunity to be placed in one of the three positions available and attend the mandatory training. During an election year, employment registration can be done online or by completing the form provided by the school facilitator.
The following positions are available:
Note: Transportation to and from the voting place and to the training session is the student’s responsibility.