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The Future of Democracy: Developing the Next Generation of American Citizens

In recent years, young Americans have become dangerously less engaged. They are tolerant, patriotic, and idealistic, and some have invented such novel and impressive forms of civic engagement, as blogs, 'buycott' movements, and transnational youth networks. But most lack the skills and opportunities they need to participate in politics or address public problems. Levine's timely manifesto clearly explains the causes, symptoms, and repercussions of this damaging trend, and, most importantly, the means whereby America can confront and reverse it. (continue)

A Youth Leader's Guide to Building Cultural Competence

Meet the challenges of providing HIV/STD and sexuality education to culturally diverse groups. Using a four-step model, this resource helps build the attitudes, knowledge, and skills necessary to reach all groups of young people. Focuses on African American, Latino and lesbian, gay and bisexual teens. This publication was funded through a cooperative agreement (U63/CCU302752) with the Division of Adolescent and School Health, Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (continue)

Teacher Quality Citizen ChoiceWork Guide

Most people would agree that you can't have good schools without good teachers, and that it's crucial to ensure there is a quality teacher in every classroom. This Citizen ChoiceWork Guide (and video) is an effort to generate ideas about how to do that, beginning with these ideas: require more thorough preparation for those who want to be teachers; improve the working environment for teachers in the classroom; and attract more talented people to the field and get the most out of them through better pay and smarter incentives. (continue)

Facing History and Ourselves National Foundation, Inc.

Facing History and Ourselves is an international educational non-profit organization that engages middle and high school teachers and their students in an examination of racism, prejudice, and antisemitism by relating the past to the world today. Facing History helps students find meaning in the past and recognize the need for participation and responsible decision making. Based in Brookline, Massachusetts and with branches in six U.S. cities, Facing History and Ourselves provides a range of resources (printed, network-based, speakers' bureaus, videotapes) to confront racism, prejudice and anti-Semitism in schools and the wider society. (continue)

Posse Foundation

The Posse Foundation identifies, recruits and trains student leaders from public high schools to form multicultural teams called 'Posses.' These teams are then prepared, through an intensive eight-month Pre-Collegiate Training Program, for enrollment at top-tier universities nationwide to pursue their academics and to help promote cross-cultural communication on campus. (continue)

Mix It Up at Lunch Day

Launched in November 2002, the Study Circles Resource Center and the Southern Poverty Law Center's "Mix It Up" campaign helps young people identify, question and cross social boundaries in their schools and communities. Hundreds of thousands of students in thousands of schools have taken the challenge to sit with someone new during Mix It Up At Lunch Day. Students and teachers are welcome to order the free Mix It Up handbook, Reaching Across Boundaries: Talk to Create Change. (continue)

Public Conversations about the Public's Schools video

This 10-minute video serves as an introduction to public engagement in an education context, and illustrates how Choicework forums can be used to create civil and productive community conversations involving diverse participants. (continue)

Mobilize.org

Mobilize.org, formerly Mobilizing America's Youth, is an all-partisan network dedicated to educating, empowering, and energizing young people to increase our civic engagement and political participation. We work to show young people how their lives are impacted by public policy and in turn, how we can impact public policy. (continue)

Active Citizenship: Empowering America's Youth

This curriculum introduces students to the knowledge, skills, and values of responsible citizenship in the context of analyzing and solving real school and community problems. Contains 17 lessons with extensions including a group project in which students identify a real political problem, research related issues, and propose a solution. (continue)

Teaching Methods Citizen ChoiceWork Guide

Are the 'tried and true' teaching methods that we grew up with the best way to help today's kids learn, or are there new, innovative approaches that work better? This Citizen ChoiceWork Guide (and video) takes a look at two school districts that use different teaching methods in their schools. (continue)

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