As 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.
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.
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.”
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.