Welcome to California, We the People...
and Project Citizen!
Welcome to California We the People and Project Citizen! Our program has been providing high quality civic education for grades K-12 since its inception at the Bicentennial of our Constitution in 1987. We also provide professional development based on scholarship, pedagogy, and teacher interaction. At the core of our programs is a firm belief in the importance of educating students not only in civic knowledge, but in the civic skills and dispositions needed in our republic and our world today. We hope you find that our curricular materials will fit your social studies education needs.
26th Annual California We the People State Finals
Congratulations to Amador Valley High School! Amador will represent California at the National Finals in April at George Mason University. Arvin High, from Bakersfield, took second place, and Centennial High, also from Bakersfield, received third place.
This year’s competition involved nine schools from northern, central and southern California. The schools participating were Arcadia High, Granite Hills High, Martin Luther King High, Golden Valley High, Centennial High, Arvin High, Irvington High, Foothill High, and Amador Valley High. Over 40 volunteers assisted in the competition. Congressman Kevin McCarthy, from the 23rd Congressional District, helped distribute awards to the competitors.
Long-time supporters of civic education in California were honored with Special Recognition Awards. Jack Brigham and Peggy Herndon received Awards of Appreciation. Veray Wickham received the Roy Erickson Award for service to students and civic education.
We the People... the Citizen and the Constitution
The We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution Program promotes civic competence and responsibility among the nation’s upper elementary and secondary students. The We the People textbook, its interactive strategies, and the simulated congressional hearing make teaching and learning exciting for both students and teachers. The program enjoys active support from members of Congress, state bar associations and foundations, and other educational, professional, business, and community organizations across the nation. Since the inception of the We the People program in 1987, more than 30 million students and 90,000 educators have participated in this course of study.
Grades: elementary, middle and high school
The Sovereign Citizen
"...the only title in our democracy superior to that of president is the title citizen."
- Justice Louis D. Brandeis
Project Citizen is a civic education program for middle, secondary, and post-secondary students and youth or adult groups. Project Citizen promotes competent and responsible participation in state, local, and federal government. It actively engages people in learning how to monitor and influence public policy. Participants work together as a class or extracurricular group to identify and study a public policy issue. The final product is a portfolio that may be presented before other classes, groups, community organizations, or policymakers.