In 2014, only 23% of students tested "proficient" on the Nation’s Report Card 8th grade civics exam, and only 1 in 5 youth voted. To help address this, in 2009 Justice Sandra Day O'Connor founded iCivics, a digital educational gaming nonprofit, to help "prepare young people for citizenship." With the help of education experts, the group has released 19 free online games, along with accompanying lesson plans. In six years, iCivics has become "the largest civic education provider in the nation, reaching over 3 million students last year. Over 50% of middle school social studies teachers and almost a quarter of high school government and history teachers, 110,000 educators in all," use iCivics’ resources across all 50 states. This grant for general operating support would help iCivics to continue its strong work, while also developing a new and adapted curriculum to expand its reach to high school teachers.
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for engaging young people in the improvement of civics education
Despite the many issues facing our country—or perhaps because of them—young people have divorced themselves from the political process. This is reflected, among other things, in their persistently low participation rates in our elections. Nor have we succeeded in imparting to young people, especially low-income and historically marginalized communities, the knowledge and skill required for political participation. It is this civic empowerment gap that iCivics will address through this grant. As one of the largest civic education organizations in the country, iCivics will, through a variety of activities, focus on putting youth and equity at the center of a new movement to prioritize civics in schools.
for support of the planning of the Democracy at the Crossroads: Moving Forward project
iCivics exists to reimagine civic education. There is growing momentum in American for comprehensive, innovative, and equitable civic learning. This grant will enable iCivics will build on the work accomplished at the "Democracy at a Crossroads Summit" to move the field of civic learning forward to develop comprehensive state policy, teacher and parent advocacy, and civics 2.0 in K-12 education.