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Nov. 12, 2001 -- No. 581

Meeting offers resources for civic education programs

CHAPEL HILL -- The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hillís Civic Education Consortium will provide resources for community and school-based civic education programs during its Fall Partnersí Meeting Nov. 28 at the North Carolina Bar Center in Cary.

The Civic Education Consortium, part of UNCís Institute of Government, is a statewide partnership that aims to revitalize civic education for young people through school and community-based programs. The consortium envisions a future in which all North Carolina children and youth become enthusiastic, involved citizens endowed with the knowledge, skills and confidence to participate in democratic life. Partners include representatives of education, nonprofits, youth, government and business.

At the Cary meeting, several roundtable sessions from 12:45-2:15 p.m. will provide guidance and model curricula for partners and others who work with young people of different ages ranging from elementary school to high school.

All U.S. Senate candidates from North Carolina have been invited to address meeting attendees at 2:30 p.m. Other activities will include an update on statewide civics initiatives and a presentation about a successful elementary program in Durham.

One roundtable session will focus on how groups can identify potential grants and write proposals to secure them. Gita Gulati-Partee, director of public policy for the North Carolina Center for Nonprofits, will lead the session. Christy Thompson, program assistant and technical coordinator for the Center for Nonprofits, will lead a second roundtable on how to apply for nonprofit organizational status. John Rohrs of MDC Inc., in Chapel Hill will discuss resources and training available for youth leadership and empowerment efforts.

Other roundtables will offer a sampling of effective civics curricula including the following:

The Neighborhoods Project. Designed by the Center for Documentary Studies to teach second-grade students to explore and document the people and issues in local neighborhoods. Presenters will be teachers from E. K. Powe Elementary School in Durham

Project Citizen. An acclaimed curriculum developed for middle- school students by the Center for Civic Education, a national organization whose mission is to foster informed, responsible civic participation. This session will be led by Gina Boyd of N.C. Youth for Justice.

Public Adventures. Developed by National 4-H to teach active civic involvement skills to middle school students. Ed Maxa and Steve Lilley of the 4-H Youth Development Office will discuss this initiative.

TRIBE. A conflict resolution curriculum available through the Mediation Network of North Carolina to teach conflict management, problem-solving, and civility to middle and high school students. Joe Hensley of the North Carolina Mediation Network will discuss this program.

Student Legislative Assembly. Developed by a Wake County high school teacher as a model that high schools can use to conduct a mock student legislative assembly on campus, this program is based on the N.C. Youth Legislative Assembly sponsored by the N.C. Youth Advocacy and Involvement Office. Discussing it will be Hallie Wilson, a teacher at Wake Forest-Rolesville High School.

Activities will begin at 10 a.m. with work sessions for the consortiumís community-based and classroom support work groups and a meeting of the recipients of consortium small grants. Visitors and newcomers are welcome to attend the work group meetings.

To involve as many educators as possible, the consortium will pay for travel expenses and substitutes for teachers who attend. Admission to the roundtable discussions is open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. Those interested in attending the consortium meeting or in enlisting as a partner (at no charge) should contact Joy Lewis, Consortium program coordinator, at (919) 962-8389 or at lewis@iogmail.iog.unc.edu by Nov. 19. For more information about the consortium, see www.civics.org

The consortium is part of UNCís Institute of Government, which provides community, state and local government leaders with a broad array of services related to the operation of North Carolina government. The institute and the master of public administration degree program are part of the UNCís newly named School of Government.

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Coverage note: Media representatives are welcome to attend the meeting, but are asked to inform organizers of those plans in advance by contacting Joy Lewis, (919) 962-8389 or e-mail, lewis@iogmail.iog.unc.edu

Contact: Joy Lewis