ERIC Number: ED143589
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: 0
Coming of Age in America. VERCAP: A Guide for High School Students.
Bever, James A.
Guidelines are provided for implementing the modular Voter Education, Registration, Community Action Program (VERCAP) in high schools. VERCAP was developed in 1976 by the National Association of Secondary School Principals. The purposes of VERCAP are to help students become informed, active citizens who can understand the mechanics of registering and voting, who are conscious of important public issues; who are aware of candidate's views; who are familiar with how to influence public events that affect the citizen; and who are appreciative of their community. The guide is divided into three sections. The first section is an introduction to VERCAP objectives in the areas of voter education, registration, and community action. Task force activities to help meet objectives are outlined. Section two presents a step-by-step procedure and calendar for incorporating VERCAP into any school. This involves establishment of school and community advisory boards, task forces on publicity and fund raising, election services polls, and voter questionnaires. In section three a model program is described based on a fall election year. Suggestions are made for registering students in homerooms, polling the community in teams, summarizing survey results through the news media, holding teach-in's about local candidates, and providing transportation and babysitting services during the elections. The program is suggestive, rather than prescriptive; any unit can be deleted, amended, or rearranged according to a school's specific needs. (AV)
Descriptors: Citizenship Responsibility, Civics, Elections, Guides, High School Seniors, High School Students, Local Issues, Program Descriptions, School Community Relationship, Secondary Education, Student Participation, Voter Registration
National Association of Secondary School Principals, 1904 Association Drive, Reston, Virginia 22091 ($2.00 paperbound)
Publication Type: Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Association of Secondary School Principals, Reston, VA.
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