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Project Citizen

Project Citizen is a curricular program for groups that promotes competent and responsible participation in local and state government. The program helps participants 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.
 
While doing Project Citizen, students are broken up into four different sub-commities/groups. They are:
  • Expalining the Problem
  • Examening Alternitive Policies
  • Proposing a Public Policy
  • Developing and Action Plan
 
 
Project Citizen Objectives:
Project Citizen introduces and trains students in the methods and procedures used in our political process. The instruction materials help students to:
  • Learn how to monitor and influence public policy in their communities
  • Learn policy making processes
  • Develop concrete skills and the foundation needed to become responsible participating citizens
  • Develop effective, creative communication skills
  • Develop more positive self-concepts and confidence in exercising the rights and responsibilities of citizenship.
 
Project Citizen Goals:
The goals of Project Citizen is to develop students' commitment to active citizenship and governance by:
  • Provide the knowledge and skills required for effective citizenship
  • Providing practical experience designed to foster a sense of competence and efficacy
  • Developing an understanding of the importance of citizenship participation.
Project Citizen Rationale:
Democracy is self-government and self-government requires effective citizen participation.  The ultimate goal of citizenship education is to enable students to become competent and responsible participants in our constitutional democracy.

One component of effective, responsible citizenship is the disposition and ability to monitor and influence public policies.  Public policies are embodied in the rules, decisions, and actions of government.  But policies of many other institutions, labor unions, religious organizations, and schools also have a public character and significantly affect citizens' lives.

For young students, learning experiences in democratic participation need not be confined to those associated with governance of classrooms and schools.  The skills and knowledge needed for competent and responsible citizenship participation associated with government at the local, state and national levels can be taught at the upper elementary and middle school levels.  engaging young people in the issues that directly affect them in these areas begins to develop the necessary knowledge, skills, and dispositions to be effective citizens throughout their lives.

Below is a picture of our Visual (poster) that was made for the project citzen showcase.

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