Kids Voting Mecklenburg changes names

CHARLOTTE – Kids Voting Mecklenburg, a Charlotte youth civics education organization, has changed its name to GenerationNation to reflect the group’s work and vision, according to a news release.

Launched in 1992 by former Charlotte Observer publisher Rolfe Neill and other civic leaders, Kids Voting Mecklenburg was started as a way to help students participate in annual mock voting events. Today, the organization connects classroom education with civic learning opportunities to help students build civic literacy skills and develop into effective citizens and leaders.

“As we began to think about all we have accomplished in our first 20 years, we determined that this was an ideal opportunity for us to look at all aspects of our organization, including our identity, and make some changes to better reflect the services we provide to our students and the entire Charlotte-Mecklenburg community,” said Julian Wright, Jr., chairman of the organization’s board of directors and a partner with Robinson Bradshaw & Hinson.

For more information about programs, volunteer opportunities and ways to support student civic education and leadership, go online to or call executive director Amy Farrell at 704-343-6999.

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