Our high school programs challenge students to be engaged citizens in their democracy. Through project based and hands-on learning activities, students learn important leadership skills, such as empathy, balancing conflicting interests, and creative problem solving.

An engaged citizen:

  • Knows that their voice matters as a citizen.
  • Examines current and controversial issues on the public agenda.
  • Takes responsibility for a shared future.
  • Makes an impact on public issues.

 

Morven Park is a nonprofit that relies on donations from friends like you. All donations directly fund our work in historic preservation, our world-class equestrian center, youth sports, and our unique civics education programming. Your donation is an investment in Morven Park’s future, ensuring that generations to come will enjoy this vital public resource. Please donate today at www.MorvenPark.org.  

High School Programs

  • Balancing Act

    Balancing Act (12th grade)

    Time: 2 hours

    Location: Morven Park or in the classroom

    How do leaders make responsible decisions when faced with a range of different interests, ideas, concerns, and hopes? In “Balancing Act” students take on the role of County Commissioner and work as a team to make decisions affecting their constituents, taking into consideration zoning, taxes, and citizen concerns. This program is a great fit for teaching students about local government, city planning, economics and collaborative problem solving!

    This program aligns to the following Virginia SOLs: EPF.1 (a-c), EPF.7 (c), GOVT.1 (f-j), GOVT.8 (b-d)

  • The Advocacy Game (11th grade)

    Time: 3 lessons or full day program at Morven Park

    Location: Morven Park or in the classroom

    Advocacy is one of the most powerful tools for affecting change. In this program students travel back in time to the Progressive Era and examine challenging public issues of the time. Working in teams, students deliberate the issue, create their own solution and present a period-inspired advocacy campaign.

    This program aligns to the following Virginia SOLs: VUS.1 (a, e, f, i), VUS.8 (b, d), English 11.2 (a-d), English 11.6 (a-e)

  • Every Citizen a Soldier (11th grade)

    Time: 2 lessons or full day program at Morven Park

    Location: Morven Park or in the classroom

    This program puts students into the shoes of citizens on the home front during World War II. Students are faced with a series of questions on if and how they will contribute to the war effort. Throughout the program students examine how their individual choices impact their community and country, as they learn how to balance their own needs with those of country during a time of war.

    This program aligns to the following Virginia SOLs: VUS.1 (a, c-i), VUS.11 (a-d), English 11.1 (a-d, h), English 11.2 (c-d)

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