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Release Your Power:  VOTE!

Who said your vote does not count? One vote per precinct elected John F. Kennedy President of the United States. 

Release Your Power:  VOTE!

is an educational project that has been created to teach about the practical, real-life applications of the United States Constitution, the workings of national, state and local governments, and to encourage life-long civic involvement in and beyond elections.  It is an engaging, hands-on, interactive presentation that has been developed and designed to:

  • Teach the basics of the United States Constitution
  • Demonstrate how “WE, the People” 1787 has expanded
  • Present the history of the struggle for the right to vote
  • Explain the importance of voting down the ballot in every election
  • Train participants in the skill of successful self-advocacy

The full seminar is 3 hours.  Participants of the 3-hour seminar receive in-depth training, a personal copy of the U.S. Constitution and a Certificate of Participation.  Two-hour seminars are also available.  Learn More

Importance of Voting interview

To encourage voter registration, especially among new voters and irregular voters.
The importance of voting and the need to be registered

Listen to Interview

Interviewer: Mr. Mark Ribbins, 107.3 The WAVE - WNWV - FM
Date: Tuesday, September 27, 2022
National Voter Registration Day, held annually on the 4th Tuesday of September

About the Presenter

Ms. Delores L. McCollum carved out a very rewarding career in the profession of her childhood dreams.  She taught Social Studies to students in grades 7-12 for 27½ years, and mentored new high school teachers for four years in the public schools of Cleveland, Ohio. 

Since her retirement Ms. McCollum has developed the Successful Classroom Management Initiative®.  Through this initiative, she has been a presenter at national conferences, and teaches seminars on effective classroom management.  She is passionate about educational excellence for all students, and uses her talent, experience and expertise to bridge the gap between educational theory and 21st century classroom reality.  She has made presentations as brief as 15 minutes for a group of principals, and as long as 24 hours over four days for classroom teachers.

Within SCMI, Delores McCollum has created the project Release Your Power:  VOTE! ™ It has been designed to provide participants with the practical, real-life awareness of the United States Constitution, the workings of national, state and local governments, to teach about the struggle for the right to vote and the importance of exercising that right and introduces participants to self-advocacy skills.


  • John F. Kennedy High School – Cleveland, Ohio
  • Spelman College – Atlanta, Georgia – B.A./History and Secondary Education
  • Cleveland State University – Cleveland, Ohio – M.A./History


  • Social Studies Teacher – Public Schools of Cleveland, Ohio
  • Adjunct Instructor – Ursuline College (Former) and Ashland University (Present)
  • University Field Supervisor for Pre-Service Teachers – Cleveland State University (Former)
  • Presenter – National Education Conferences
  • Presenter – Classroom Management Training Seminars
  • Presenter – Voting Education & Awareness Seminars