Examples of Civic Action Projects

Here are examples of civic action projects submitted by student participants Civic Action Project (CAP).

Examples A

Each CAP example features:

    • A problem or issue that matters to students;
    • A public policy connection;
    • Discrete civic actions designed to engage civil society and other community stakeholders with their problem or issue; and
    • The use of media to inform and engage their audience about their concern and suggested actions to support a solution.

Each project was completed over the course of a single semester following CAP teachers’ implementation of five core lessons. This lesson sequence is designed to engage students through:

    • Creating a profile of effective citizenship in a democracy;
    • Defining public policy;
    • Identifying the root causes and effects of a problem or issue;
    • Analyzing real-life problems and issues being addressed through public policy; and
    • Examining the role of the three branches of government in a specific case study.

With this foundation, CAP students created and documented the following civic experiences.

Plastic Bag Ban

(Bell Gardens, California)

Traffic Safety

PowerPoint: Traffic Safety

(Bell Gardens, California)

Music PSA

(Boulder, Colorado)

Bus Stop

(Atholton, Maryland)

The Dream Act

PowerPoint: The Dream Act
PDF: Student Letters and Art Work

(Des Plaines, Illinois)

dreamact

Teen Pregnancy

PowerPoint: Teen Pregnancy
(San Rafael, California)

A variety of additional CAP project examples can be found in the “Action” tab on the CAP web site.

Examples B

Each CAP example features:

    • A problem or issue that matters to students;
    • A public policy connection;
    • Discrete civic actions designed to engage civil society and other community stakeholders with their problem or issue; and
    • The use of media to inform and engage their audience about their concern and suggested actions to support a solution.

Each project was completed over the course of a single semester following CAP teachers’ implementation of five core lessons. This lesson sequence is designed to engage students through:

    • Creating a profile of effective citizenship in a democracy;
    • Defining public policy;
    • Identifying the root causes and effects of a problem or issue;
    • Analyzing real-life problems and issues being addressed through public policy; and
    • Examining the role of the three branches of government in a specific case study.

With this foundation, CAP students created and documented the following civic experiences.

Public Transportation; Trolley Service

Bell Gardens, California

Sleep Deprivation

Boulder, Colorado

Animal Cruelty

Richmond, California

Cyberbullying

Athelton, Maryland

Almar & Marissa’s CAP Project

American Canyon, California


CAP Students in the News


A variety of additional CAP project examples can be found in the “Action” tab on the CAP web site.

Last modified: Sunday, 24 February 2019, 5:54 PM