Congratulations to Lineweaver Elementary School for receiving a "Superior" award at this year's National Portfolio judging event in California for their project on Childhood Obesity. You made Arizona proud!
2011-12 District Level Showcase
The 2011-12 Project Citizen District Level Showcases will be held on March 9, 2012. Please register your class to partipate in this wonderful opportunity to showcase your student's achievements! Portfolios will be displayed and judged at Phoenix City Hall from April 9 - April 20, 2012. At this time, due to loss of funding, a state level showcase is pending. Good luck!
Project Citizen is proof that young people can offer fresh and innovative perspectives on problem-solving in their communities.
The Center for Civic Education invites Project Citizen students to participate in Film Your Issue—an online video competition that highlights solutions proposed by young people to contemporary problems. The Center’s Project Citizen program is collaborating with the What’s Your Issue Foundation and its Film Your Issue program to take youth civic engagement online.
Young adults from ages 14 to 24 are invited to produce and upload a three-minute video and a one-page text describing a problem in their community and their proposed solution to that problem. The problem should be related to one of the following “front-burner” issues: the environment, the economic recession, education, health and healthcare, human rights, equal rights, national security and defense, poverty, public service, and technology.
The deadline for submissions is April 19, 2010, with winners announced in May. Winning submissions to the Film Your Issue competition will be presented to senior officials of President Barack Obama’s administration, highlighted on the What’s Your Issue iTunes Channel, and presented at an awards ceremony co-hosted by Sony Pictures in Los Angeles. Winners will be featured at the Center for Civic Education’s National Project Citizen Showcase at the Legislative Summit of the National Conference of State Legislatures.
Find more info here: http://www.civiced.org/index.php?page=film_your_pc
Check out this article on www.azcentral.com to learn about Project Citizen students from Mesa's Rhodes Jr. High!
Project Citizen Wins
Arizona's Project Citizen Program was recently honored by the Arizona Capitol Times for its efforts in public policy education! Many thanks to the network of students, teachers, Regional Coordinators that have helped to make the program a sucess in Arizona.
This awards program was created in 2007 to recognize the contributions of policy professionals across the state. It is a salute to those who advance public policy by implementing and championing creative strategies to positively impact the state and the lives of Arizonans, without regard to partisanship or political affiliation.
For more information: http://azcapitoltimes.com/blog/2009/09/25/meet-the-2009-leaders-of-the-year/
“PROJECT CITIZEN” SHOWS OUR FUTURE IS IN GOOD HANDS
Parkview Middle School (Prescott Valley)
“Be Safe, Put a Crosswalk in Place”
Glassford Hill Middle School (Prescott Valley)
Landmark Middle School (Glendale)
“Stop the Violence”
Mesa Academy for Advanced Studies (Mesa)
Mesa Academy for Advanced Studies (Mesa)
“Teenage Drug Use in Phoenix”
Mesa Academy for Advanced Studies (Mesa)
Rhodes Junior High School (Mesa)
Rhodes Junior High School (Mesa)
“African Hunger Donation Drive”
Project Citizen teachers!!!
You can now register your classes for the Project Citizen District Showcase which will be held on March 6th, 2009. But hurry up!!!! The registration deadline is November 7, 2008 (click here to login and register your class).
Lineweaver Elementary School Won Top Portfolio Prize at Project Citizen State Showcase
Valencia Middle School Won Top Oral Hearing Prize at Project Citizen State Showcase
Schools to Participate in Project Citizen 2008 State Showcase
The following schools will be showcasing their skills on Public Policy at the Black Canyon Conference Center on Friday May 2nd, 2008.
Holy Angels School- "Regulating Second-hand Smoke in Motor Vehicles"
Holy Angels School- "No Pain, No Gain!"
Landmark Middle School- "Animal Testing"
Lineweaver Elementary School- "Solar Energy"
Lineweaver Elementary School- "Animal Safety"
Mesa Academy for Advanced Studies- "School Service"
Parkview Middle School- "Speeding"
Rhodes Jr. High School- "The Green Revolution"
Rhodes Jr. High School- "Helping the Homeless"
Valencia Middle School- "Graffiti in America"
Westwind Academy- "Teen Homeless"
Congratulations and best of luck to you all!
Showcase Dates Have Been Announced!
Project Citizen District showcases will take place on March 6th and 7th at their respective District locations. Check back for locations and dates for your district in October.
Registration will begin January 1st and close February 22nd.
The State Showcase will be held May 2nd, 2008 at the Black Canyon Conference Center.
Contact your District Coordinators for assistance and guidance leading up to the District Competition.
You can apply for an LRE grant to assist with expenses relating to your school's Project Citizen Program! The Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education promotes access to justice for all Arizonans.The Foundation works to level the playing field, so that all in Arizona have knowledge and access to the justice system. The Granting Program for Law-Related Education supports and enhances educational efforts that prepare youth for the office of citizen.
The 2007 Western Regional Project Citizen Summer Institute will be hosted by the Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education July 6-13th, 2007, in Prescott, AZ, at Yavapai Community College. Professor Joe Stewart, from South Carolina, will be the institute scholar. The institute is designed for middle and high school educators and will provide professional development for 31 participants and serve 9 states.
Mogollon Jr. High School Won Top Oral Hearing Prize at Project Citizen State Showcase
Topic: School Vandalism
Teacher: Jim Maner
Westwind Academy Will Send Their Winning Portfolio to National Showcase
Topic: Tagging and Graffiti
Teacher: Carrie Algozzini
Their Portfolio will be judged again in August at the National Conference of State Legislators in Boston, Mass.
- Mogollon Jr. High School, Jim Maner: Payson –Heber Overgaard School District Final Exam Policy
- Holy Angels School, Leonard Leverance: Globe- School Walkways
- Westwind Academy, Carrie Algozzini: Phoenix – Teen Suicide
- Landmark Middle School, George Colebrook: Glendale – Teenage Activities
- Shepherd Junior High School, Libby Hammond: Mesa – Hygiene Kits for the Homeless
- Rhodes Junior High School, Jeff Anderson: Mesa- Stopping Illegal Immigration into Arizona
- Rhodes Junior High School, Jeff Anderson: Mesa- Reducing Illegal Drug Use in the East Valley
- Underdown Junior High School, Mark McCall: Cashion-Elder Abuse & Neglect in Nursing Homes
- Underdown Junior High School, Mark McCall: Cashion – Improving Police Department Response Times
The Project Citizen Showcase would not be possible without the help of our volunteers. Many thanks go to the following, who gave their time for these students: Kim James, Cheri Bludau, Colleen McManus, Dulce Encinas, Rebecca Lauchner, Manoj Vyas, Brendan Moroney, Lori Rodriguez, Theresa Ramsey, Johnetta Dorsey, Heather Matchett, John Contreras, Candace Odenwald, Jan Lundgren, Kevin Brungardt, Dewain Fox, Javan Mesnard, Rebecca Truxel, Gary Odenwald, Kathleen Lundgren, Brian Lockery, Danielle Reiger, Jody Arnold, Paul Bergelin
The 2007 District Project Citizen Showcase Registration is now underway!
Click here to see the date of your district showcase. Registration is due February 21st, 2007
Your students have done the work- now give them the opportunity to shine! This exciting event gives students the benefit of interacting with other classes who have had the same experience in their communities. They will also improve their presentation skills and boost their confidence by presenting their project to interested community members and getting encouraging feedback. Travel assistance and lunch for everyone is provided, and each student will receive a certificate for their accomplishment. Participation is free!
Please follow these easy steps to register your class(es) on-line
Paper registration is no longer available
- If you have never participated in a showcase, first, "Become a member".
- Fill out the electronic form and click submit
- An e-mail with your username and password will be sent to you within a few days. Once you have received your username and password, please proceed with the instructions provided below. Your confirmation will include information on which Congressional District Level Showcase your school will be assigned to.
- For those with a username and password, "login".
- If you don't remember your username, contact Amy Koenig and it will be e-mailed to you
- Make sure that your personal information is correct and click "submit".
- On your member page, click "upcoming events registration", and then click the appropriate event for your congressional district.
- Fill out the information to register your team(s), and send in the school responsibility form
If you have any questions about registration or need technical assistance, please contact Amy.Koenig@azflse.org or 602-340-7357
Welcome to the Arizona We the People.Project Citizen website. The goal of this web site is to provide teachers and students with information that will help them with the Project Citizen program.
Project Citizen is a portfolio based civic education program for grades 5-9. It helps teachers and students understand public policy and use this information to create change in their community thereby empowering them and their teachers. Click here to read Project Citizen historical information, advisory committee members, supporting organizations and past state champions.
- Is interdisciplinary
- Is based on cooperative learning
- Is an excellent model for performance assessment
- Is an excellent method for implementing project based learning
- Focuses on state and local government
- Applies student learning to real public policy issues that concern them Develops participatory skills
Coronado K-8 School (Tucson) honored as overall State Champions & Capps Middle School (Heber) honored as top scoring portfolio. Both to represent Arizona at the National Showcase!
Ten teams participated at the state showcase May 11th, at the Black Canyon Conference Centerin Phoenix. Those teams invited were 2 teams from Rhodes Jr. High(Mesa), 3 teams from Capps Middle School(Heber), 2 teams from Parkview Middle School(Prescott), Palo Verde Middle School(Phoenix),Coronado K-8 (Tucson), and Madison #1 Middle School(Phoenix). Each team presented during 2 rounds to a panel of judges consisting of teachers, lawyers, judges, probation officers, and community members. Coronado K-8 School and Capps Middle School (Dress Code)received Superior awards, Capps(Keep It Clean), Madison #1, and the 2 teams from Rhodes Jr. High received Exceptional awards, and Palo Verde Middle School, Capps (Bullying), and the 2 teams from Parkview Middle School received Outstanding awards. Both Coronado K-8 and Capps Middle School (Dress Code) will have their portfolios sent to Seattle in August to be judged nationally during the National Conference of State Legislatures. Congratulations to all the students....you're all winners to us!
Legislature Back To School Program!
The Foundation and the Center for Civic Education encourages you to involve your school in the seventh annual America's Legislators Back to School Program . The program will kick off the third week of September and, for the first time, run throughout the school year giving legislators and teachers more flexibility in scheduling classroom visits.
The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) sponsors this program that provides resources such as legislative staff to help coordinate visits of legislators, and lesson plans to help teachers prepare for the legislator's visit. NCSL is the Center's partner in We the People: Project Citizen and the Trust for Representative Democracy.
Teachers who have participated in the past have said it was a good experience for Project Citizen and We the People teachers and students; an excellent opportunity to increase legislator's awareness of the programs.
For those with a login and password
- Click on "Teacher login" under "Register On Line"
- Click on "Personalized Teacher Page" under "Register On Line"
- Click on "Project Citizen Program" under "Upcoming Events Registration Form"
- Fill out the information to register your team(s)
If you have any questions, please contact Amy Koenig at Amy.Koenig@azflse.org or 602-340-7357
Your confirmation will include information on which Congressional District Level Showcase your school will be assigned to.
We look forward to your participation!
For new participants
- Click on "Register On-line" on the left hand side of the page
- Click on the link "submit your information" located in the first paragraph
- An e-mail with your login and password will be sent to you. Once you have received your login and password, please proceed with the instructions provided below.
Mesa's Rhodes Jr. High and Prescott Valley's Park View Middle School Selected as 2006 Arizona Project Citizen Champs
A nation-wide civic education program, We the People: Project Citizen, is conducted locally by the Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education. It leads students through the public policy-making process and lets students experience the Office of Citizen first-hand. Project Citizen calls on students to solve a problem in their community, big or small, from bullying to traffic. Project Citizen teaches students to honor civic duty and become active members of our community.
Students in Project Citizen classes begin by identify a problem in their community. Next, they research the problem contacting other communities with similar problems to find out what policies were in place to correct them. They then create a policy they feel will solve the problem. And finally they present their research findings as well as their suggested policy and implementation plan both through a static display portfolio and orally to a panel of community leaders.
Project Citizen Oral Hearing State Showcase Champions
Rhodes Jr. High - Mesa - Extra Curricular Activities
Teacher - Terri Welsh
Project Citizen Portfolio State Showcase Champions
Park View Middle School - Prescott Valley - Hwy 69 "Blood Alley"
Teacher - Becky Fitch
(Their portfolio will be judged again at the 2006 National Conference of State Legislatures in Memphis, TN in August)
- Holy Angels 6th Grade - Globe - topic: Recycling - Teacher: Len Leverance
- Capps Middle School - Heber - topic: Smoking - Teacher: Stacey Frazier
- Rhodes Jr. High - Mesa - Swimming Safety - Teacher: Terri Welsh
- Rhodes Jr. High - Mesa - Mesa Money Matters - Teacher: Terri Welsh
- Westwind Academy - Phoenix - topic: Declining Health of Students - Teacher: Tim Lewis
- Holy Angels 5th Grade - Globe - topic: Recycling - Teacher: Len Leverance
- Palo Verde Middle School - Phoenix - Prop 200 - Teacher: Rich Curtain
- Palo Verde Middle School - Phoenix - Wire Tapping - Teacher: Rich Curtain