Every year New Yorkers vote in local elections. But who and what are you voting for? Why vote?

In our latest Urban Investigation, CUP and the New York City Campaign Finance Board collaborated with Teaching Artist Emily Young and students from Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School in the Bronx to dig a little deeper into local elections. Students got out of the classroom and into the middle of local issues, from surveying community members to interviewing local government officials. Students created “Our Voice, Our Choice” as a guide to teach New Yorkers how to get their voices heard in local elections and what choices they have as residents of New York City.

Students debuted their project at the Bronx Music Heritage Center, where they presented their booklet, demonstrated their interview skills, and shared the creative process.

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What People are Saying

“After this project, I’ve learned a lot about New York, how the city works, and how I can have an impact beyond voting.” – Francisco Dominguez, student

“This project illuminated my mind in ways that allow me to see the city not just for what it is, but what it can become.” – Terrence Freeman, student

“We feel very lucky to be able to provide such a rich experience for our students. CUP’s work is truly exemplary project-based learning.” – Nathan Larsen, Assistant Principal

Resources & Links

Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School is a small school that stresses creative and intellectual development and political and social involvement in our society.

NYC Votes is the non-partisan voter engagement campaign of the New York City Campaign Finance Board.

Funding Support

This Urban Investigation is a collaboration with NYC Votes, the non-partisan voter engagement campaign of the New York City Campaign Finance Board. NYC Votes produces the city’s official Debate program and the citywide Voter Guide and promotes voter registration, participation, and civic engagement through its many programs and partnerships.

CUP’s Urban Investigation programs are supported in part by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

Special Thanks

Jeneuse Geula, Denora Getachew, Emily Levitt, Amy Loprest, Isabel Luciano, Amanda Melillo, Gustavo Rivera, Rafael Salamanca, Irina Vinnitskaya


  • CUP
  • Teaching Artist
  • Emily Young
  • Project Leads
  • Christy Herbes
  • Jenn Anne Williams
  • Project Support
  • Christine Gaspar
  • Jazlyn Patricio-Archer
  • Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School
  • Students
  • Jason Albayero
  • Francisco Dominguez
  • Stephanie Dugbartey
  • Jalen Edwards
  • Terrence Freeman
  • Carlos Mendoza
  • Adriana Mota
  • Jazlynn Parker
  • Cindy Ramales
  • Orlando Rodriguez
  • Mahamadu Sillah
  • Principal
  • Jeff Palladino

  • Assistant Principal
  • Nathan Larsen


Teens look to get out the vote
  • The Hunts Point Express
  • July 05, 2017

The teens partnered with NYC Votes and the Center for Urban Pedagogy to create “Our Voice, Our Choice,” a 14-page guide they introduced at a June 29 roundtable at the Bronx Music Heritage Center in Soundview. 

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