Youth and Government

Youth SchoolAs youth graduates from high school they have added responsibilities to understand our democratic system, including being an informed voter.  To help them incorporate this knowledge into their lifestyle, a number of programs and resources are available.

 

 

Civics Education

 

Teen Center, A program through the YMCA that offers youth opportunities to participate in government, role play, write mock legislation, and debate.

MyVote Student Mock Election – Offered by the California Secretary of State, schools may participate in mock elections on real election topics, which are held immediately before state elections.

Civic Learning Task Force on K-12 – In 2014, the California Taskforce presented a blueprint of action  in order to implement civic learning throughout the state.

Power of Democracy – Empowering a citizenry that understands and participates in civic life.

Related

Digital Citizenship Lite – Videos created by Common Sense Education for Nearpod – “Super Digital Citizen Lite.”

The Wallace Foundation. Timely reports on education issues for download.  Their mission is: “to foster improvements in learning and enrichment for disadvantaged children and the vitality of the arts for everyone.”

 

Restorative Justice

Oakland Unified School District – Restorative Justice as an alternative to suspension or expulsion.

SEEDS – Has programs in our schools and community to resolve conflicts using Restorative Justice.

Futures Without Violence – Information for youth and families – webinars, facts, programs, manuals.

California Magazine March 2015 “Justice, Not Retribution: The Emphasis on Suffering Isn’t Getting Us Anywhere.”

Federal Commission on School Safety –  Photos of members of the committee, dates for committee meetings, state reports on incidents, and more.  Those interested can watch the lengthy commission meetings as video.

Urban Institute – This Institute was founded in 1968 by President Lyndon Johnson during the “War on Poverty.”  Discusses contemporary issues – affirmative action, immigration, school violence, and more.