The Harvard CIVICS Program places motivated undergraduates in classrooms throughout the Boston area, teaching civics and government classes to inspire students to take an active role in their communities and grow into participants in our democracy. We focus our curriculum on the function of government, the meaning of active citizenship, and avenues of community engagement.
Our curriculum is taught over two semesters. The fall curriculum focuses on the structure of American government including the three branches, elections, political parties, and media. The spring curriculum teaches the Bill of Rights, incorporation of rights, contemporary social issues, community engagement, and leadership. We are driven to provide civics classes to a range of communities and socioeconomic backgrounds. Each week our team of volunteers travel to more than 20 classrooms in the Boston and Cambridge public school systems. Each volunteer is trained to teach the CIVICS curriculum to their 5th grade students, and to inspire dialogue and action amongst our community’s future leaders.