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.
- Involve students in the electoral process and broaden their understanding and commitment to democracy
- Give students hands-on learning experiences that enhance their education
- Provide students with the opportunity to support their community
- Empower students by showing them how they can make a difference
- Improve voter turnout rates among the ages of 18 to 24
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.