Youth to speak out

On Friday, April 13, the League of Women Voters of Alameda (LWVA) and the College of Alameda (CoA) present Democracy Matters: The third annual Civics Scholarship Program and Speech Tournament. The topic this year is based on United States history and current challenges: What changes should be included in immigration reform?

LWVA and CoA are proud to provide Alameda’s young people with a platform to add their ideas to the national debate on how to resolve the legal status of immigrants in our community and country. With the exception of Native Americans and enslaved persons stolen from their homelands, we are all descendants of immigrants. 

As future leaders, our young people are encouraged to express their thoughts on border security as it relates to national security; how a sufficiently robust immigration policy can benefit the economy; and whether our immigration policies reflect American values as put forth in the Declaration of Independence.

Three years ago, LWVA and CoA partnered to create the Democracy Matters: LWVA/CoA High School Civics Scholarship Program. The program’s goal is to help prepare our youth to enter society informed and willing to engage in the government process with tested communication and critical-thinking skills. The winner receives a $1,000 scholarship and the runner up a $500 scholarship from LWVA. Participants also receive a LWV reference on their college admittance resumes and CoA credits from the communications department. Participating students are from Girls Inc. of the Island City and the Alameda Science and Technology Institute. 

Please come out at 5 p.m. on April 13, to CoA (Building F, 555 Ralph Appezzato Memorial Parkway in Alameda) to hear the high school youth of Alameda add their voices to our country’s immigration-policy debate.


Georgia Gates Derr LWVA President