Project Citizen, a program co-sponsored by the Center for Civic Education, is a unique curriculum for upper elementary, middle and high school students, designed to promote responsible participation in local and state government.
Students work together to identify a public policy issue in their community and develop an action plan for local government leaders to use in addressing the issue. The work culminates with a class portfolio that can be part of a state and national showcase. Some truly remarkable projects leading to real change have come from this program.
See below for more information about:
- Photos from 2014 Project Citizen Showcase in Salem
- Resources & Example Projects
- Showcase at the Capitol
- What Students Say about Project Citizen
- Correlation to Oregon State Standards
For a great overview of the Project Citizen program, download the Project Citizen Supplemental Resource Packet.
Click here to see an interactive example of a quality portfolio.
What: Project Citizen is an interdisciplinary curriculum for upper elementary, middle and high school students designed to teach responsible participation in local and state government. Students work cooperatively to identify a public policy problem in their community, evaluate possible solutions, and develop an action plan for local government leaders to use in addressing the problem. The work culminates with a class portfolio and mock public hearing that can be part of the Oregon Project Citizen Showcase.
Mock Trial students of all levels work together with classmates, teachers and volunteer attorney-coaches on a hypothetical case. The High School Mock Trial Competition begins with more than 70 teams competing inregional competitions across the state and culminates with the state finals competition in Portland. They develop and sharpen critical analysis, public speaking and interpersonal skills. They become more poised and self confident – and they learn about the U.S. justice system in the process.
On May 1, 2014, 5th-12th grade students convened at the State Capitol in Salem to present Project Citizen simulated congressional hearings to a panel of legislators and civic leaders. Students also had the opportunity to display their class portfolios in the annual Showcase.
Click here for more information about We the People & Project Citizen Days at the Capitol.
“In Project Citizen, I have learned that every voice makes a difference and when voices come together, they are strong. PC has taught me that I have a say in things no matter what age I am as long as I stand by my words. It may take an amount of time before you see growth but gradually things change and most times, it is for the better.” Middle School Student, SW Charter School.
“While we worked on this project, we learned how to find information quickly and find resources and people of authority we could contact for our problem.” Student, Gilkey International Middle School.
Here the Project Citizen program is correlated to Oregon State Standards in Reading, Writing, and Social Science! Click the link below for your appropriate grade level:
- Grade 5
- Grade 8
- Grades 9-12
- See also ES, CRIS, EA, and PC – Alphabet Soup Required for Graduates Implementing Essential Skills, Career Related Learning Standards, and Extended Application using Project Citizen by Marilyn Cover and Barbara Rost.