The Paul Simon Public Policy Institute is committed to civic education efforts both for young people and the community. We think that it is vital for the health of our democracy to prepare our young people to be competent and engaged citizens. Informed and empowered citizens understand how to effect change when problems arise, they know how to get involved in their community, and run for elected office. Responsible citizens can see beyond their own personal interests and demand good ethics in government and business.
2013 Civic Education Blueprint Workshop
Save the date for the upcoming Civic Education Blueprint workshop to be held on click here.at SIU Carbondale. For more information or to register for this free event,
Opportunity to become first Democracy School in our region
We are pleased to announce the availability of a $1,000 stipend for three southern Illinois high schools to help them become the first to earn the distinction as an Illinois “Democracy School”. Schools will also be eligible for an additional $500 from the McCormick Foundation. (See letter from Institute director on 1/23/13)
If your school has demonstrated a commitment to civic learning through curriculum, extra-curricular or community activities and opportunities in student government, we’d like to assist you with completing the Democracy School application to the McCormick Foundation.
Carbondale Community High School (CCHS) was the first school to receive a $1,000 stipend from the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute to support their commitment to civic leaning and to support their application efforts. In 2013, CCHS recognized as an Illinois "Democracy School." More information on their award is available here.
Check our website often for new resources and upcoming conferences as we continue to provide professional development opportunities in civic educators and seminars for students and the public.
Past Civic Education Events