High school students organized census block walk with Dallas County Counts to help ensure their futures at Oct. 31 census deadline approaches

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While most high school students are too young to complete a household census themselves, they know that a complete census count has a strong impact on their futures, too. 

As the Oct. 31 deadline for self-reporting approaches, a group of about 50 civic-minded teenagers, including students from Booker T. Washington High School for the Visual and Performing Arts, led by the nonprofit organization The Concilio, partnered with Dallas County Counts to block walk on Oct. 3. The teenagers fanned out across Pleasant Grove, Bachman Lake and Northeast Dallas, where self-reporting numbers remain behind local and national averages. Over the course of three hours, they knocked on more than 500 doors to spread the message about the importance of the 2020 U.S. Census.

Florencia Velasco Fortner, The Concilio president and CEO, said, “We want to make sure everyone counts, particularly in these underrepresented neighborhoods. The Census numbers determine funding for schools, roads, hospitals and services as well as congressional representation for Texans to thrive for the next decade.”

For those needing to fill out the Census, go online at https://my2020census.gov/ or over the phone in English by dialing 844-330-2020 or in Spanish at 844-468-2020.

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