A new de Blasio administration initiative successfully registered more than 18,000 city students to vote this year, according to the Department of Education.
City Hall’s inaugural Civics for All campaign swept into city schools for a full week and netted a record-high number of new ballot-casters, officials said Tuesday.
“Our young people are the future leaders of our city and our nation, and I’m excited that a record 18,000 students registered to vote and make their voices heard as part of our first-ever Civics Week,” schools Chancellor Richard Carranza said.
The bloc of new deciders was drawn from a total of 258 schools across the boroughs, DOE spokeswoman Danielle Filson said.
City Hall’s April campaign logged 7,000 more new student voters than had registered last year, Filson noted.
The new push included a variety of activities aimed at heightening political awareness and participation among city school kids.
In addition to the registration drives, students engaged in participatory budgeting for their schools, public-speaking clinics and town-hall meetings on pressing social issues.
City officials including Carranza, Councilman Mark Treyger and Deputy Mayor Phil Thompson all appeared at schools during the drive to stress the importance of civic participation.
“This year in my government class, we learned about the importance of registering to vote,” said Cardozo HS senior Joshua Siletto. “When the opportunity arose with Civics Week, I knew it was something I couldn’t pass up.”