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 showcase for all grade levels, and a national showcase at the middle school level. Some truly remarkable projects leading to real change have come from this program.
See below for more information about:
- Showcase at the Capitol
- Resources & Example Projects
- What Students Say about Project Citizen
- Correlation to Oregon State Standards
Each May, 5th-12th grade students convene at the State Capitol in Salem to present Project Citizen simulated congressional hearings to a panel of legislators and civic leaders. Students also have an opportunity to display their class portfolios in an annual Showcase, where they are judged by members of the Oregon Legislature and community members.
The 2016 Project Citizen Showcase will take place on Friday, May 16, 2016.
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.
“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.