The CIVICS Program

The CIVICS Program

Harvard CIVICS is a joint Institute of Politics – Phillips Brooks House Association program that places motivated and service-minded undergraduates in 5th grade classrooms with the goal of empowering the next generation of engaged, informed, and active citizens. Program participants are driven to provide a meaningful civic education to a range of communities and socioeconomic backgrounds. The CIVICS program is fast growing and spread across 30 classrooms in the Cambridge and Boston Public School systems, in which members use a student-generated curriculum to engage students in topics of democratic governance, politics, current events, and civic engagement. In the fall, we cover the structure of federal government, elections, and media. In the spring we teach about rights, responsibilities, community engagement, civil rights, and leadership. We view teaching as a dialogue; our curriculum is interactive and involves skits, crafts, videos, audio recordings, games, and visual aids. Through this curriculum, CIVICS teachers give students the opportunity to identify problems they see in their communities, formulate solutions, and take an active role in their communities no matter their age.

Chaired by: Tarina Ahuja | tahuja@college.harvard.edu