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Student Democracy Program Seeks Ambassadors

Learn more about the Student Democracy Program and become an Ambassador!

Visit the SMCACRE website for details.

Applications are due by September 25, 2020.

What is the Student Democracy Program?

Student Democracy Program is the San Mateo County Student Vote Center Ambassadors Program aimed at giving high school students an inside look at American democracy in action. Student Vote Center Ambassadors are essential members of the Election Day team, assisting voters and participating in Vote Center operations.

Who can join Student Democracy Program?

In order to be a Student Vote Center Ambassador with Student Democracy Program, students must:

  • Be at least 16 years old
  • Have a minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Be a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident of the United States
  • Get written permission from parent/guardian and school

What are the benefits of joining Student Democracy Program?

  • It looks great on a college application or resume
  • Earn community service credits, depending on school policy
  • Represent your school
  • See democracy in action from a local perspective
  • Earn $280.00, including $85.00 for attending the mandatory training
  • Earn an additional $150.00 for optional Saturday shift

What do Student Vote Center Ambassadors do?

  • Set up voting machines, tables and other Vote Center supplies
  • Set up and close the Vote Center (working 6:30 a.m.–9:00 p.m.)
  • Assist voters with check-in process
  • Assist voters in ballot drop-off process
  • Assist with line management
  • Assist Vote Center Representative with disinfecting vote material

How do I know if my application was accepted?

If your application is accepted, you will receive a letter via email from the Registration & Elections Division with your Vote Center assignment. A limited number of students per school is allowed and are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. If you do not receive an assignment letter by a week before the election, please call 650.722.6543 or email StudentDemocracy@smcacre.org