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The League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Columbus


Kids Voting, Hadley earn good-government awards

Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2008

Amy Pulles, (614) 837-1089

Kids Voting Central Ohio and Rev. Alvin Hadley have been honored with civic awards by the Franklin County Consortium for Good Government.

The League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Columbus joined with the Consortium to announce that Kids Voting has received this year’s Good Government Award while Hadley has won the John Shrack Award.

The Consortium honors individuals and organizations with these awards each year. John Shrack was one of the founders of the Consortium for Good Government and the first recipient of the award, renamed in his memory following his death.

For the past nine years, Kids Voting Central Ohio has worked in partnership with local school districts to encourage more youth participation by providing authentic voting experience for students grades K-12. This year, over 25,000 central Ohio students are expected to participate.

Through a comprehensive collection of K-12 activities, students participate in hands-on classroom citizenship education and real-life community engagement. Projects include a “Make Your Mark – VOTE” poster contest and creating public service announcements about voting to be shown in local high schools.

In January 2006, Ohio enacted legislation allowing 17-year-olds to work at polling places. Students from Kids Voting Central Ohio were instrumental in getting this legislation introduced and passed in the Ohio General Assembly.

The “Youth at the Booth” program, facilitated by Kids Voting Central Ohio and the Franklin County Board of Elections, has given thousands of students the opportunity to participate in the election process. According to the staff at Kids Voting, students come away from the experience with a sense of how people in the community feel about voting, especially the ones who show up at the polls at 6:30 am.

The experience is intended to spur voting enthusiasm in young people and to encourage them to examine the campaigns and the issues before Election Day.

Rev. Alvin Hadley is the winner of the John Shrack Award recognizing his commitment to good government and the voting process.

Hadley has been instrumental in influencing and promoting civic participation in the elective process in a nonpartisan manner. He was appointed executive director of the Columbus Metropolitan Area Church Council in January 2000. His interest in public service is the result of strong encouragement from family, church, schools, and community when he was a youth.

After a distinguished 29-year career as an administrator in public children and families services at Franklin County Children Services, Hadley retired in 1988 and devoted his time to volunteer activities. He has served as moderator of the Columbus Baptist Association, president of the American Baptist Churches of Ohio, and board member of the Interfaith Association of Central Ohio, Interprofessional Commission of Ohio, Ohio Council of Churches General Board, National Council of Churches Eco-Justice Working Group, Downtown Clergy Group, Project Linden, Maryhaven, Columbus Coalition Against Violence, Ohio Domestic Violence Network, and Faith Communities Uniting for Peace.

A native of Marshall, Texas, Hadley received his bachelor’s degree from Bishop College in Marshall and his Master of Social Work from The Ohio State University.

Both awards were presented Oct. 28 at the Meet the Candidates Forum at Brookwood Presbyterian Church, one of 12 forums hosted by the Franklin County Consortium for Good Government. Staffed and supported by the League of Women Voters, the Consortium was started by Brookwood Presbyterian Church and the National Council of Jewish Women in 1991.

The Consortium is made up of over 60 sponsoring and supporting organizations including the Jewish Federation, the Office of Social Concerns of the Catholic Diocese, almost every synagogue, JFS, BPW, Goodwill Columbus, United Way of Central Ohio, and other organizations.

Read more: Franklin County Consortium for Good Government