See 3rd Grade Students with their Civic Service Project

Students at John Wash Elementary School (Sanger Unified School District) chose a project to improve their community. They followed the principles of the Democracy School Program.

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See 8th grade Fowler students serving veterans with PTSD.

Students at John Sutter Middle School developed a civic service project to improve care for veterans who have PTSD.


Democracy Education Summit

The Summit has been rescheduled.  Teacher training  for the Democracy School Program will be done at school sites in September.  The dialogue on civic education will be rescheduled for the Constitution Day event on the morning of 9/16 in the North Gym at Fresno State.  For information, contact Kim Cole (

Operation Protect & Defend

Operation Protect & Defend is a program by lawyers and judges committed to civic education in public schools.  The program provides 11th and 12th grade teachers with a curriculum unit on a controversial issue with summaries of relevant Supreme Court cases.  Then a judge and attorneys visit the class to discuss the issue from a Constitutional perspective.  We hope to identify participating teachers for next school year.

Contact John Minkler for more information about staff training for this program;

CA Democracy School Online Videos for Teachers

Teachers who want the knowledge, skills and resources to implement high quality civic inquiry and service-learning projects will appreciate this free video series from LA County Office of Education.  The host, Dr. Michelle Herczog, offers valuable insights, information and resources to institutionalize civic learning to prepare all students for civic life.

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University High Civic Education to Work

Civic Education with 3rd graders at John Wash Elementary School.  Thanks to Principal Amy Jones and staff for this wonderful example of civic service.

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CART Social Justice Project

NEW – See the article in the FRESNO BEE about this project.

CART students lead way
to a better Fresno

Clovis and Fresno students at the Center for Applied Research and Technology (CART) worked with attorneys to identify a problem in our community and propose a policy change to help solve that problem. See videos of Clovis and Fresno Mayors and student presentations.

Civic Projects

Civic Service Summit

In the park-like setting of Scout Island Outdoor Education Center, 6 teams of 10 students struggled with leadership challenges that seemed impossible.  They had to work together, communicate clearly, resolve conflicts and implement potential solutions, learning from their mistakes.  These experiences give student leaders confidence to address real problems in their community.

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Fresno City Youth Commission

Sixteen youth leaders in high school and college were sworn in asmembers of the City of Fresno’s Youth Commission. The Youth Commissioners were selected and appointed for a two-year term by Mayor Ashley Swearengin and each of the seven Fresno City Council members.  They are facilitated by the Youth Leadership Institute and will identify issues that face youth in Fresno.  They will represent youth in their districts and propose policy resolutions for the City Council.

Fresno Democracy School Project

The Fresno Democracy School Project brought 60 students to Scout Island for training in leadership and civic engagement skills.  Thanks to the Safe and Healthy Kids Department at Fresno County office of Education and the Fresno Civic Learning Partnership with it’s generous donors for this project.

See the Education Matters segment on the Civic Service Summit at Scout Island with 60 middle school leaders from Sutter MS, Baird MS and Kepler Neighborhood School.  Thanks to the Fresno County office of Education and KSEE 24.