Civics Day helps students learn issues-based thinking

Mission Housing staff support Civics Day program to encourage young activism

Wednesday, May 11, 2016 students from all over the Bay Area crowded into The Women’s Building for a field trip day of speeches by civic leaders, project presentations to judges, lunch activities, and a class awards ceremony. The point of the Civics Day semester-long program is help young people learn civics by “doing” civics – by taking action on real-world issues they care about.

Students learn about community issues. Then, the issue is narrowed down to a local focus. Finally, the students learn how to identify the root cause of the issue being studied. This helps them develop a main goal for the action project, and a timeline of strategies and tactics.

The students prepare tri-fold board to present their project to a series of a Civics Day judge groups over the course of 45 minutes. Judges evaluate students on a five part criteria.

“It’s so heart-warming to hear the passion in these students as they learn how to talk about the issues,” said Marcía Contreras of Mission Housing Development Corporation. “Our future is in good hands!”

Civics Day is the semi-annual culminating event of each Generation Citizen semester.

To find out more about Civics Day and Generation Citizen, click HERE