Making Democracy Work

Youth Service Committee

Purpose

The Youth Service Committee supports resources for civic education projects in schools consistent with the Massachusetts History, Social Sciences Curriculum Framework and in the 2018 legislation, Ch. 296, an Act to Promote and Enhance Civic Engagement. We also support youth voter registration and participation.

We are happy to partner with schools to support student-led civic projects, to celebrate student civic work, co-plan civic forums, and to advise student voter registration outreach coordinators. Please see the Cape Cod Civic Resource Directory for Student-led Civics Projects listed below. Contact us for further partnership activities.

Civic Resource Directory

A PDF of the directory can be found here: CIVIC RESOURCE DIRECTORY

Although the Civic Resource Directory was developed primarily for use in Cape Cod schools, it is an excellent resource for anyone conducting research on government offices at the local, state and national level relevant to various topics. We also identify local organizations that provide research, educational services, and in some cases advocacy for civic action.

The purpose of the Cape Cod Civic Resource Directory is to assist teachers and students with the research they will need for their student-led civics projects. We have selected non- partisan organizations and resources for inclusion. The directory has two goals.

First, it is designed to help students identify important civic issues facing the Cape Cod region and beyond. Broad essential questions are posed as ways to identify issues. We hope that the questions will help to provide some direction for investigation that students may find interesting and personally meaningful. Any of these questions may serve as a starting point for students to develop narrower, more specific questions for their projects. Hopefully, this can be a helpful companion to classroom brainstorming activities.

Second, it is designed to provide non-partisan resource information that may be helpful sources of information for student research. We provide government offices at the local, state and national level relevant to various topics. We also identify local organizations that provide research, educational services, and in some cases advocacy for civic action.