Civic Engagement Leadership Program
By Josh Franco, Cuyamaca College
In Fall 2019, the California State Legislature passed and the Governor signed into law Assembly Bill (AB) 963, also known as the Student Civic and Voter Empowerment Act (SCVEA) (Petrie-Norris 2019). This Act built on prior state legislation in 2003, 2007, 2014, and 2016 that focused on student voter-registration efforts (Warden-Washington 2019). Moreover, this Act dovetails well with the California State Board of Education’s new State Seal for Civic Engagement established in 2020 (California Department of Education 2020), which was mandated by AB 24 in 2017 (Eggman 2017). The Act establishes that the Student Civic and Voter Empowerment Program will be conducted by the Secretary of State in partnership with the California Community Colleges, California State University, and University of California.