"I will always keep in mind the invaluable tool the Center for Civic Education has given us all with the wonderful Project Citizen."
Project Citizen engages young people in a series of structured, cooperative learning activities guided by teachers and adult volunteers. Working in teams, youth learn to interact with their government and community leaders through a five-step process that entails (1) identifying a public policy problem in their community, (2) gathering and evaluating information about the problem, (3) examining and evaluating alternative solutions, (4) selecting and developing a public policy proposal to address the problem, and (5) developing an action plan to bring their proposed solution to authorities with the power to implement it. During this process, young people create a portfolio of their work. The final product may be presented before other classes, groups, community organizations, or policymakers.