Your Power To Choose
A curriculum-based election education program, Your Power to Choose was developed by Elections Manitoba in partnership with educators. The goal of the program is to create life-long learning skills and to instill the habit of civic participation among Manitoba youth. As part of the program, we offer free facilitated in-class workshops to Manitoba educators from early to senior years.
ABOUT YOUR POWER TO CHOOSE WORKSHOPS
Our trained facilitators will come to your classroom to deliver a fun, interactive workshop to your students through hands-on games, activities, and a mock election. Content links to the grades 6, 9, and 11 social studies curriculum outcomes, but workshops are available to any interested classes, grade 4 and up, including adult learners. The workshops are typically 1 ½ hours long and can accommodate 25-30 students, but can be adapted to fit the needs of any classroom.
The workshop’s mock election helps students experience the power of their own voice and the impact they can have on the community/world around them.
No preparation is required.
Workshops are available in both English and French.
The safety of all Manitobans is important to Elections Manitoba, especially vulnerable populations such as students. Elections Manitoba workshop facilitators strictly adhere to all public health orders and guidelines. Facilitators will be fully masked at all times and maintain six feet of distance whenever possible. In keeping with provincial regulations that all school staff be fully vaccinated, Elections Manitoba workshop facilitators will also be fully vaccinated. The availability of certain workshop supplies and activities may be limited to adhere to public health practices. Facilitators will work with educators in the classroom to ensure all safety protocols in place at the school are followed.
To book a workshop, complete the workshop request form.
You can also download our other Your Power to Choose resources.
“Very engaging! Every student had a role and felt that they contributed to the election. Language of presentation was at a level most if not all kids can follow.” Grade 5 teacher, Prairie Rose School
“Informative, fun, engaging and very well run! Our presenter was clear in her goals and very encouraging to all the students.” – Grade 7 teacher, École Centennial School
“This worked great with what we were doing – a fun way to end our political unit. I hadn’t gone into the rights of when people were able to vote so that was a bonus! We are looking at human rights next – good transition.” – Grade 9 teacher, Arborg Collegiate]
This guide was developed to meet a goal common to educators and Elections Manitoba – to create lifelong skills and develop the habit of civic participation among Manitoba youth. Learning strategies and activities in the guide are engaging and interactive, and adaptable to many classrooms and learning abilities. Students learn how to assess issues, make informed decisions, and experience the impact and power of their choice
Our trained facilitators come to your classroom to deliver a fun, interactive workshop to your students. The mock election helps students experience the power of their own voice and the impact they can have on the community and the world around them.
Workshops are approximately 1 ½ hours long and accommodate 25-30 students, but can be adapted to fit the needs of any classroom. There is no cost for the workshops and no preparation is required.
Recommended for grade 4 and up, including adult learners.
These standalone activities from the Your Power to Choose guide connect to the curriculum and can be adapted for your classroom.
- All content links to the 9 Essential Skills, as outlined by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
- The lessons accommodate three learning levels, reflecting the stages of learning identified by Manitoba Advanced Education and Literacy
- The Guide is divided into four phases, mirroring the different parts of the election experience
- All lessons in the guide are adaptable and stand-alone; and they include all materials required to teach the lesson
- The lessons are engaging and interactive, including an election trivia game and a mock election
Elections Manitoba provides a resource package for student election organizers. It includes the following tools to support the student voting experience.
- Ballot box
- Voting screen
- Election To Do Checklist
- CD with forms and other support materials
Download the election resource package (ZIP, 917.7 KB).
To request materials or for more information on the Your Power To Choose program, please contact us:
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