On Wednesday, July 17th the Census Team welcomed Aparna R. from San Mateo County to the Alli Rose Cullinane College and Career Success Center (ARC) to learn about how the County is bringing awareness to the Census in undercounted communities.
Teens were surprised to learn about the American Community Survey and other ways in which the government collects data. They also learned about the Census timeline, questions, and how Census data is also used by businesses and the private sector. In this workshop, teens got into pairs to role-play scenarios for engaging community members and practiced responding to commonly asked questions. Each pair created a script and acted out each scenario. During this process, we addressed privacy, citizenship, distrust in the government, and how to engage key stakeholders and influencers in the community.
Additionally, the Census Team provided feedback for Aparna on Census marketing material and to what extent this material appeals to youth. This was especially important as many of the youth in our community are multilingual and often translate important documents for their families, nearing voting age, and will be directly impacted by the Census count in their young adult lives.