Current Officers (2019-2020)
President (CEO): Dylan L. - Beckman High School, Irvine, Class of 2021
Secretary: Luke L.- Northwood High School, Irvine, Class of 2021
Treasurer (CFO): Gordan P.- Beckman High School, Irvine, Class of 2021
Vice President: Justin Z. – Portola High School, Irvine, CA, Class of 2023
Youth VIA, or Voting Involvement Association Nonprofit (VIAN) is a 501c organization that is formed by a group of enthusiastic high school students across Orange County, California who are passionate about democratic and voting process of our great nation. We are under the direct guidance of the Orange County Registrar of Voters (ROV). The organization aims to better educate the youth of today and voters of tomorrow through a nonpartisan perspective on politics. In other words, VIA not only focuses on the teenage population but also on all adults who have the right and responsibility to make informed votes. Our group is organized by Orange County high school students, and we welcome anyone who is interested in politics and voting. Through a variety of volunteer service opportunities, we help incorporate members of the middle school and high school demographic into the sphere of political involvement.
Why should students care about voting when they are still under 18? For the same reason that children receive education: voting may be in the future, but education concerning it should start now. In a more immediate sense, members can develop leadership skills through experience in this organization. In a broader sense, members can develop into outstanding politicians and public speakers during a period when the world lacks strong international leadership. We are a group of ambitious students who are dedicated to these concerns and we invite you to join us!
As of today, many of eligible voters do not peek beyond the media's display of politics; VIAN hopes to broaden the general scope of the voting and political system and help citizens acquire the knowledge and first-hand experience emphasized in political involvement.
The Voting Involvement Association will seek to educate and integrate students into the process of voting and upcoming local elections.
The VIA will also:
1. Help students gain an understanding of the United States democratic process
2. Teach students how to read sample ballots
3. Demonstrate a mock election that protects the integrity of votes and maintains a
transparent, accurate, and fair process
4. Allow students to gain valuable public speaking and critical thinking skills
5. Give students the chance to tour the Registrar of Voters office
6. Offer opportunities to volunteer in various elections
7. Allow students to develop leadership skills by giving school-wide information and club
"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."
Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Last Edited: 7/8/18
"Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer."
John F. Kennedy