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Civics Resources

More Resources for You and Your Students

Sometimes the hardest part of teaching is finding credible resources for your students. The Youth Leadership Initiative is proud to recommend the following resources for use with your civics program. Each of the organizations listed below is dedicated to providing FREE civics education materials to supplement your classroom activities.

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University of Virginia Center for Politics

The Center for Politics, a nonpartisan unit of the University of Virginia, seeks to promote the value of politics and the importance of civic engagement. Government works better when politics works better, and politics works better when citizens are informed and involved participants. Learn More: www.centerforpolitics.org

Larry J. Sabato's Crystall Ball

A comprehensive website run by the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics, Larry J. Sabato's Crystal Ball features detailed and frequently updated analysis for elections across the country. The Crystal Ball keeps tabs on presidential elections, along with every Senate and gubernatorial race, as well as the tightest campaigns for the House. The Crystal Ball is a free public service meant to appeal to political junkies and interested voters alike.

Project Vote Smart

Feel connected to your elected officials by using Project Vote Smart. Project Vote Smart is your resource to start making changes in your town, state, and nation. Use their links to find your representatives in national and state government , to learn tools for effectively communicating with them, to read about the issues currently facing Congress, and much, much more. Learn More: http://www.vote-smart.org

Social Studies 21

The Youth Leadership Initiative through a grant provided by the Comcast Foundation has begun a three year commitment to educators across West Virginia called Social Studies 21.YLI will host a series of FREE regional workshops and state conferences each summer through 2012. Learn More

Vote iQ

Vote iQ is the educator's dream site for teaching current events. It's where students (13 and older) can get political news, rate politicians, watchdog the media, and arm themselves with the facts. It's where teachers can energize students by using the medium of communication they prefer: social networking. Our in-depth assessment of Hot Topics in the news helps students understand the facts and arguments from an impartial perspective. Learn More

Related Civics Links

Homeland security? The death penalty? Immigration? Education? At YLI we believe that young Americans do care about the issues facing their generation and their nation. We also know that it is often hard to know what to do to make a difference. Learn More