Making Democracy Work

Mauch Millennial Project

Engaging millennials in the civic life of our community and nation

Mauch Millennial Project/LWVLA

BACKGROUND In 2016, the LWVLA was the recipient of a generous grant from League members Rebecca and James Mauch for the purpose of identifying and implementing strategies for engaging millennials in the civic life of our democracy. (Both income and principal from the fund will be used to support the project.)

MISSION and VISION The mission of the LWVLA Mauch Millennial Project is to engage young people (aged approximately 16-35) in the civic life of our democracy in the United States in general and specifically in the LWVLA's service area of Union County, PA. The LWVLA envisions that the Project will instill in the young people involved a life-long passion for and engagement in the civic life of our democracy.

GOALS The goal of the LWVLA Mauch Millennial Project is to develop and implement a series of initiatives from 2016 through 2020 and beyond, that will encourage young people in Union County to learn about and collectively engage in their democracy through

  • Voter education and other electoral support activities
  • Civil discourse regarding issues facing citizens and legislators at all levels of government
  • Other fundamental activities of a democratic system, including legislative processes at all levels, the judicial process, the preservation and protection of the Constitutions of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the United States, and otherwise upholding the rights and responsibilities of citizens in a democracy

Lewisburg Children's Museum

The Mauch Project with the help of the Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce sponsored the grand opening of a voting booth exhibit at the Lewisburg Children's Museum on May 19, 2019. The exhibit teaches children the basics about voting and encourages families to share their experiences with civic participation. In the first three months of the voting exhibit's presence at the museum nearly 12,00 guests had the opportunity to learn about voting in a fun way.

A second exhibit sponsored by the Mauch Project is a pop-up exhibit celebrating 100 years of women's suffrage. This exhibit will help children to learn about the fight for women to vote, a chance to dress up with sashes, carry signs, and learn about the women who waged this fight will be on temporary display and then used annually during during Women's History month (March). UPDATE: Shortly after the opening of this exhibit in March of 2020 the museum had to close as the coronavirus pandemic swept the nation. This temporary exhibit will be available for viewing in the future.

Bucknell Fellowship Program

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION The Bucknell-Mauch Fellowship Program, an initiative co-sponsored by the Bucknell Political Science Department and the League of Women Voters of the Lewisburg Area (LWVLA), is designed to enhance political participation among the Bucknell student body through a series of student-run election forums. These facilitated discussions are intended to communicate the importance of voting, learning about election-related issues, engaging in informed debate on decisive issues, and expressing views to elected representatives or those seeking public office.

Read more about this program in the Bucknell Magazine at: https://www1.bucknell.edu/about-bucknell/communications/bucknell-magazine/fall-2018/illuminating-the-issues/priming-the-vote.html.

High School Program

From the beginning of the Mauch Project the high school program has focused on two separate activites The first activity relates to the state legislative process of proposing, amending and voting on a bill. Ninth-grade students from Mr. Gessner's civics classes at the Lewisburg HS experience this process either in the classroom or with a visit to the State Capitol in Harrisburg. In either case, after some in-class preparation, the students present their arguments for the bill to their fellow classmates for a vote. The local state representative or his assistant have been on hand to help the students prepare their bills and explain the process of legislation.

The second part of the program involves the use of student interns to take on projects related to civic education. This year's intern, Hanna Aboueid, formatted a Student Guide to Voting for publication on our League's website. She also set up an Instagram page to promote our League's activities and events. Last year, intern Nick Jacobson developed, wrote for, and managed blog posts written by students from the area discussing current events and issues at the local, regional, and national level.

Lewisburg Area High School requires their students to do a senior project. Allie Mast planned and conducted a voter registration drive at the high school.