We the People: Project Citizen

We the People: Project Citizen is a curricular program for elementary, middle and high school students as well as youth groups that promotes competent and responsible participation in local and state government. The program helps young people learn how to monitor and influence public policy. In the process, they develop support for democratic values and principles, tolerance and feelings of political efficacy.

Entire classes of students or members of youth organizations work cooperatively to identify a public policy problem in their community. They then research the problem, evaluate alternative solutions, develop their own solution in the form of a public policy and create a political action plan to enlist local or state authorities to adopt their proposed policy.

Participants develop a portfolio of their work and present their project in a hearing showcase before a panel of civic-minded community members.

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