Students make video to get out the vote

November 3, 2008 3:33:19 PM PST
Students of the Manhattan-Hunter Science High School have done more than make phone calls to encourage voter registration. They made an internet video for the whole world to see.

They put it up on YouTube and MySpace.

"Anybody that was watching the video, I wanted them to be like, 'Oh my God, that really touched me, I want to go out there and vote right now," student Leiry Santos said.

"It's not just because an African-American male might become President or a female that might get the Vice Presidency," Adom Martin said.

The project grew out of their social studies class.

"The most important thing they're learning is that they can be the change. They don't have to buy into this concept that the children are our future," teacher Kevin Froner said.

The students also have issues that are close to their hearts, especially the issue of education.

"If the government doesn't have money to give scholarships and such, I'm not going to be able to go to college. My mother does not make enough money to send me to college," Piotr Teczyaski said.

"I've worked very hard to get good grades and it doesn't matter if I can't go to college. I can't pay for it," Tamika Roberts said.

On Monday, they used time in computer lab to distribute even more copies of their video.

"Whether you vote for a Democrat or a Republican really doesn't matter, as long as you understand the importance of getting out and voting," Maya Chuck said.

The students have a goal of reaching at least a million people with their video and their voter registration efforts, and they predict that the youth vote will be a force to be reckoned with for many years to come.

You can learn more about the project on the web at www.youthvoteproject.org.

You can see their video online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-pL3Da-mec

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