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  01/21/20 12:42, by Elisa

Hey all! I am starting a Civics Club through the school. I was wondering if any of you were interested in being part of it, all the details have yet to be worked out (like when we would meet, how often, etc), but before I do I want to see if there is interest from Laurel people. 

 

BELOW--club proposal to the school staff so it could get approved, you can read it if you are interested in learning why a civics club is beneficial/what it would entail. 

 

Civic engagement in communities is critical for youth, especially with the presidential election that is happening in 2020.

By participating in civic engagement, youth are able to make informed decisions and educated opinions. A civics club for youth would allow the sharing of information and open discussions of topics that concern them . The more youth learn of civic action and engagement, the more they learn of the impact government has on its citizens every day. 

According to the ICMA (International City/County Management Association), Leaders at the Core of Better Communities, there are many benefits to civic engagement, including, and not limited to; developing better and more creative ideas and solutions; implementing ideas, programs, and policies faster and more easily; creating involved citizens instead of demanding customers, and building community within a city.  

In January 2012, the U.S. Department of Education issued Advancing Civic Learning and Engagement in Democracy, which includes nine steps to enhance the department’s  commitment to civic learning and engagement in government and politics. Some of these steps include

・Convene and catalyze schools and post-secondary institutions to increase and enhance high-quality civic learning and engagement, 

・Identify promising practices in civic learning and democratic engagement—and encourage further research to learn what works, 

・Support civic learning for a well-rounded K–12 curriculum, and 

・Highlight and promote student and family participation in education programs and policies at the federal and local levels.

Having a Civics Club at Viroqua High School would involve meeting once or twice  a month to learn about and discuss civic activities that club members are interested in and/or care about (i.e. climate change, LGBTQA+, school safety, presidential candidates, local government policies, etc.). It would also include having elected officials, community members, students, and school staff gathering to discuss local and larger government issues. With the goal of youth involvement, club members would go on to volunteer at the food pantry, go to local government meetings, go door to door assisting individuals register to vote, organize conversation, and participate in other civic duties. 

 

9 comments

Comment from: [Member]

I’d be interested.

01/21/20 @ 15:58
Comment from: [Member]

This is really cool!

When’s the first meeting?

01/21/20 @ 16:12
Comment from: [Member]

This is awesome! I am interested. Thanks Elisa!

01/21/20 @ 16:39
Comment from: [Member]

yay! I’ll talk to you guys tomorrow about it

01/21/20 @ 18:09
Comment from: [Member]

I would be interested!

01/21/20 @ 18:21
Comment from: [Member]
Joy

I am interested, would this be a LHS or VHS club?

01/21/20 @ 22:16
Comment from: [Member]

I am interested!

01/22/20 @ 14:19
Comment from: [Member]

I’m interested, thanks Elisa

01/22/20 @ 15:46
Comment from: [Member]

I’m interested.

01/22/20 @ 16:09


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