New Jersey has adopted social studies curriculum standards requiring students to acquire the skills needed to be active and informed citizens who will work collaboratively to address today’s challenges. The value of citizen participation and the ability to apply the knowledge of how government works is most readily accessed at the municipal level. The Leadership Civics Curriculum for high school social studies is an educational program designed to increase youth civic participation and leadership. It develops students’ knowledge of local government and empowers them to be more informed and active citizens at young age.

How to establish a Leadership Civics Curriculum in your school district:

Step 1: LEARN. Watch our Citizen Legislator Lesson and download our Citizen Legislator Participation Guide.

Step 2: PREPARE. Get ready for your presentation by downloading our Leadership Civics Presentation Kit which includes a sample OPRA Request, sample Presentation Statement, and an Advisory Policy Memo. And make sure to reach out and build support through friends, family, social media, and local media!

Step 3: PRESENT. Download the Model Resolution and make an official presentation to your local governing body.

Step 4: FOLLOW UP! Officials have a lot on their plates, so it’s up to you to follow-up and make sure your proposal doesn’t get lost in the shuffle! Attend council meetings, email, and call officials if you don’t get an adequate response (but always be respectful!). And if you continue to hit roadblocks? Request a coach from The Citizens Campaign to help you out.