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Civic Education

We the People Program

The Citizen and the Constitution is an instructional program for high, middle, and elementary school students which teaches the history and principles of the American constitutional democracy while enhancing students’ understanding of government. Students discover the contemporary relevance of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights at the same time. The program is based on materials developed by the Center for Civic Education and is nationally acclaimed by educators.

Mock Trial

Taking on the roles of attorneys and witnesses, students will take an in-depth, hands-on learning and appreciation of our society’s approach to dispute resolution and justice. Students take case background information and witness statements and apply it to the law. They craft arguments, support it through testimony and physical evidence, and present it to a panel of attorneys, judges, and community members who evaluate their arguments and presentations.

U.S. Senate Youth Program

The United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) is a unique educational experience for outstanding high school students interested in pursuing careers in public service. Two student leaders from each state will spend a week in Washington experiencing their national government in action. Student delegates typically hear from Senators, cabinet members, directors of other federal agencies, members of the national media, Supreme Court justices, and other leaders.

Indiana Kids’ Election

The Indiana Bar Foundation is excited to add Indiana Kids’ Election to its Civic Education program. Please check back for additional information on this exciting initiative.

ILYAC

The Indiana Legislative Youth Advisory Council (ILYAC) is a legislatively-created council with the purpose of advising the Indiana General Assembly on topics related to Indiana youth, including: education, employment, strategies to increase youth involvement in state and local government, safe environments for youth, substance abuse, emotional and physical health, foster care, poverty, homelessness, and youth access to state and local services.