The Seventh Grade Spree

It has been an exciting month for Morven Park’s Center for Civic Impact. During the past few weeks, over 1,100 Loudoun County middle school students have participated in two of our programs, learning how to critically investigate issues, make collaborative decisions, and share their ideas with their peers and schools.

Decision

From Many to One

The room is loud. A group in one corner of the room calls out “Hear, hear!” indicating they have come to a consensus. At the next table, a young man changes the conversation to bring his concerns to the attention of those around him.  Throughout the room individuals are busy considering how best to balance…

habitat loss

The Good Citizenship Project at Trailside MS Part 2

Learning to Make a Difference by Combating Habitat Loss in Loudoun County   Over the last two months the Morven Park education team has been honored to work with a group of eighth grade students from Trailside Middle School to make an impact on our shared community through a service learning project. 

service learning

The Good Citizenship Project at Trailside MS Part 1

Learning to Make a Difference by Impacting Hunger in Loudoun County   Over the last two months the Morven Park education team has been honored to work with a group of eighth grade students from Trailside Middle School to create a real impact on our shared community through a service learning project. 

The Art of Active Citizenship

Introducing Voice Through Vision, the Morven Park Center for Civic Impact’s newest middle school offering! There are many ways to advocate for change within our communities.  Voice Through Vision examines the role art has played in the shaping of American history and encourages students to understand how visual imagery can be a powerful tool for sharing social…

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.

Deliberation Not Debate

Deliberation NOT Debate: The Kitchen Table

This summer a group of eager middle school students came to Morven Park ready to take part in our Kitchen Table program. This program transports participants back to the Progressive Era (c. 1900 – 1918) to become social activists tackling some of the most challenging issues from the period.