Voting Rights History: Part 1

The Struggle for Civil Rights As young adults (myself included), we tend to take for granted our right to vote. Voting is one of the easiest ways that we can make our voices heard and yet the turnout rate for people my age is pretty disappointing. How can we expect to have our concerns taken…

Technology building better citizens

Mobile Civics: How Technology Can Make Better Citizens

With the advent of the smart phone it’s now easier than ever to be informed on current events and to stay connected with your government. Technology can help us to become better, more engaged citizens. Today, we present a few of our favorite apps that help us to be engaged citizens. 

Destination Engaged Citizenship

Destination: Engaged Citizenship

A Road Map to the Future of Engaged Citizenship   We have a big idea. We are working to inspire and prepare the next generation of Engaged Citizens. This sounds good… but what does it really mean?

Teen Advisors

Teen Advisors: Youth Voice & Local Government

Over the past semester the Morven Park Center for Civic Impact, with the Leesburg Town Council and J.L. Simpson Middle School, piloted a new program called “Teen Advisors” that brought the voices of 60 eighth grade students to their local government.

Youth Voice Matters!

Helping Elementary School Students Make Their Civic Impact   It was a crisp autumn morning in September.  Morven Park’s Turkey Hill Education Farm was swarming with local second graders who were exploring the life and challenges facing the monarch butterfly as part of a multi-lesson, project based learning experience.

Voting Toolkit

We all want to show up to the polls on Election Day prepared. But sometimes it can feel like a lot of work to find the relevant resources and tools you need to be an informed voter. To deal with this problem, we’ve created a “Voting Toolkit” that pulls together some helpful information:

Gamifiy It!

Gamify It!

“Civics is boring.”  Have you heard this before?  While there’s some truth to it, we have to respectfully disagree with the idea that learning about your role in a democracy is boring.