The Annette Strauss Institute was founded in 2000 on the belief that active, engaged citizens are made, not born, and that society benefits when citizens take part. Through research, the Institute cultivates future generations of citizens and leaders.
College programs include New Politics Forum and TX Votes. New Politics Forum offers nonpartisan training, educational seminars, and conferences across the state. TX Votes is a student-led organization on the University of Texas at Austin's campus that practices Get Out The Vote activities.
Speak Up Speak Out is a K-12 civic education program, in which students identify a community problem and collaborate in a small group to solve that issue. TexElects is a competition for high school students, in which students create art projects that encourage their community to vote during election cycles. RUReady Texas is an extension of an undergraduate and high school student civic education project from Rutgers University.
The Campaign Mapping Project is a multi-year effort to assemble political campaign materials produced during presidential elections between 1948 and 2012, as a guide to understand the direction of American politics.