The League of Women Voters of Naperville works to increase the participation of all citizens in government. We are asking for your help to reach out to the youth of our community to encourage them to vote. We are sending Birthday Boxes to 18-year-olds attending Waubonsie Valley High School and Metea Valley High School. Since the upcoming March primary will be their first election as eligible voters, the Boxes will be filled with encouragement and non-partisan information about voting. For example, there will be information about how to register to vote, where to find information about the candidates, which offices will be up for election on March 6th, and fun items such as a button, candy, etc.

Here’s where you come in — we want to include a personalized short handwritten note from a voter encouraging the student to vote. You should explain why voting is so important, maybe what it means to you personally or to the country as a whole. If you have one, feel free to include a personal story about a vote you cast that was especially important to you. If you are or were an office holder or served on a city, county, or state board or commission, you can certainly include that information in your letter and encourage the student to become engaged in the community. You will be given the student’s first name so the letter can be personalized to the student. Please sign your letter, and don’t forget to with them a happy birthday!

Please remember that the League of Women voters is a non-partisan organization, and your letter should also be non-partisan. Please do not include any endorsements of political parties or candidates.

This is our first experience with this idea. If it is successful, we hope to partner with other organizations and expand it to all the high schools in Naperville in the coming years. If you would like to write a letter for the Birthday Boxes or are affiliated with an organization that would like to become involved, please contact us at lwvnaperville@gmail.com.

Thanks so much for your help!

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