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Developing Civic Responsibility with Our Youth

Being a good citizen not only contributes to social cohesion, respect for rights, and ethical behavior, but it also empowers individuals to address societal issues, promote inclusivity, and advocate for positive change.

It is important that students are provided with chances to develop the skills to interact with individuals and concepts that differ from their own. Consequently, educational institutions should serve as advocates for politeness, equal opportunities, security, and proactive civic involvement to foster societal progress.

Learning For Justice provides educators with a range of resources and lesson plans to help engage students with some of our society's pressing issues. You can find a variety of resources about the following topics:

  • Countering Bias

  • Civic Activities

  • Getting Along

  • How To – Ways to address polarized school and classroom climates

Another resource to check out is The Futures Voters Project from Teaching Tolerance. The Future Voters Project offers “free resources for teaching the 2020 election, including a lesson bank for teaching about voter suppression, a growing collection of “teach this” discussion guides for engaging current events with your students, and a set of professional development resources for teaching in a time of unprecedented partisanship.”

Additionally, the Hoosier Hall Pass poll worker recruitment program enables 16 and 17 year old students a "live" experience of democracy in action on Election Day. This program provides an opportunity for students to learn about democracy, to actively participate in their community and work to support free and fair elections in Indiana. Learn about the program here >

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