Submitted by gjost on Thu, 2005-10-20 21:27.Civics
Project 540 aims to increase civic engagement among America’s young people. This raises an initial question, however: What is civic engagement?
In all of Project 540’s materials, we say that civic engagement is:
» Adding one’s voice to community conversations.
» Advocacy on behalf of others.
» Participation in public life.
» Encouraging other people to participate in public life.
» Joining in common work that promotes the well being of everyone.
Of course, these are general definitions. Each participant in Project 540 may associate different actions and ideas with the words “civic engagement.” The following activity is a good one to use at the beginning of Project 540 to capture the different ways people view civic engagement.
Through an individual activity and whole-class discussion, students understand others' ideas and priorities for participation in public life.