Directory of Civic Education Programs in Colorado

Student Voices
Curriculum
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Special Student Event
     


Grade Level:
9-12

Description:
The Student Voices Project encourages the civic engagement of young people by bringing the study of local government, policy issues, and political campaigns into the classroom. Student Voices makes the study of government relevant and exciting for high school students by helping them examine how issues they consider important are played out in their own governments and election campaigns. In the Student Voices curriculum, each class formulates a Youth Issues Agenda, reflecting the issues that are of most concern to students and their communities. These issues provide the focus for students through the rest of the program, ensuring they research and act on issues that concern them. Students use the interactive Student Voices website to find information on issues and candidates and discuss policy issues online. Through classroom visits and forums, students raise their concerns directly to political candidates and public officials and hear what can be done to address them. Finally, students communicate their concerns to the general public by making their voices heard in the news media. This is done through the “Student Voices” TV show, a monthly program that runs on Comcast’s MetroBeat TV and allows students to discuss issues with fellow students, elected officials, and community leaders.

The Student Voices Project was developed at the Annenberg School of Communications at the University of Pennsylvania. The “Student Voices” TV show is produced in collaboration with Comcast Cable and MetroBeat TV.

Contact:
Veronica Pope
Student Voices Program Manager
The Golda Meir Center for Political Leadership
Metropolitan State College
Campus Box 43, P.O. Box 173362
Denver, CO 80217
303-352-4151
Fax: 303-556-2716
mscd-studentvoices@mscd.edu
Student Voices: http://student-voices.org/denver/
MetroBeat TV: http://www.metrobeat.tv/