Project Citizen is a curricular program being implemented as part of the 8th Grade Civics' class. This program is designed to promote 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.
Each class will work cooperatively to identify a public policy problem in our 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. The students will then develop a portfolio of their work and present their project in a hearing showcase before a panel of civic-minded community members.
The Project Citizen program is administered with the assistance of a national network of state and congressional district coordinators in every state and is conducted with the assistance of the National Conference of State Legislatures. It is funded by the U.S. Department of Education by act of Congress. Additional funding at the state level is also provided by an increasing number of state legislatures.
Solving the School Budget Crisis
1st Place State Winner of 2010
Past Project Citizen Topics were:
The Flood - When will it come again?
Ban on Public Smoking
Rising Cost of Driver's Education
To learn more about Project Citizen, please visit the following website: