K2H Civic Futures
The K2H Civic Futures AmeriCorps Program engages AmeriCorps Members in national service focused on developing and supporting community-based learning for youth from kindergarten through graduate school, connecting academic content with real-world issues in a way that allows youth to be part of a solution for change. Through the Civic Futures program, K-12 and higher education institutions will strengthen a pipeline for civic learning and engagement, creating opportunities for youth to be meaningfully involved in their communities regardless of their starting point.
“…we are challenged by the need to ensure that higher education shall take its proper place in our national effort to strengthen democracy at home and to improve our understanding of our friends and neighbors everywhere in the world. A carefully developed program to strengthen higher education, taken together with a program for the support of elementary and secondary education, will inevitably strengthen our Nation and enrich the lives of our citizens.”
– Harry S. Truman
For more information, contact Matt Farley, Director, AmeriCorps Programs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Evidence-Based Program Models
Project Citizen is a civic education program for middle, secondary, and post-secondary students and youth or adult groups. Project Citizen promotes competent and responsible participation in state, local, and federal government. It actively engages people in learning how to monitor and influence public policy. Participants work together as a class or extracurricular group to identify and study a public policy issue. The final product is a portfolio that may be presented before other classes, groups, community organizations, or policymakers.
Public Achievement (PA) is an international, youth-led, civic engagement initiative that seeks to promote student voice and transformative change for individuals and communities. Undergraduates serve as PA coaches alongside K-12 students in public schools. Together students participate in a year-long cycle of inquiry and action around school and community-based social justice issues. All participants gain insight on community leadership, the foundations of social change, and the power of relationships.
We the People
We the People promotes civic competence and responsibility among the nation’s upper elementary and secondary students. The We the People printed textbook and Enhanced book offer interactive strategies, relevant content, and a simulated congressional hearing that make teaching and learning exciting for both students and teachers. The program enjoys active support from state bar associations and foundations, and other educational, professional, business, and community organizations across the nation. Since its inception in 1987, more than 28 million students and 75,000 educators have participated in the We the People Program.