Speak Up! Speak Out! is an innovative civic education program for middle and high school students designed to teach young people about their communities and help them discover the many ways they can make a difference.
Speak Up! Speak Out! participants work together as teams to identify community problems, craft innovative solutions that address them, and compete for the chance to present their findings to community leaders at the State Civics Fair. Winning teams receive funds to use toward the implementation of their solutions. The 2018 State Civics Fair took place at the State Capitol Building in Austin, Texas on February 8th, 2018.
If you're interested in participating in the 2018-2019 Speak Up! Speak Out! program, please fill out the interest form using the button below. After filling out the interest form, please also fill out our professional development form.
We are offering two professional development opportunities for educators interested in Speak Up! Speak Out! The professioanl development seminars enhance educators' instructional practices in implementing action civics in their classroom as they guide students through the process of research, action and reflection. CPE credit provided for approved districts. To register for this free PD, please click the button below.
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Students Set the Agenda
This civic education project encourages students to become active participants in their communities. The distinguishing element of Speak Up! Speak Out! is that the students are responsible for determining the issues that will be addressed and for developing viable solutions.
Study, Solve, and Share
Over the course of the semester, classes research their communities, select a problem that interests and motivates them, and develop projects, proposals and/or solutions to present to the community. Students submit video presentations of their projects to the semifinals at the end of the fall semester and 50 teams from across Texas are invited to present their solutions in-person at the State Civics Fair in February.
Creativity and Communication
Participants are encouraged to use their diverse talents, experiences, and ideas to develop their projects. This project is unique in that it strives to give SUSO participants the opportunity to learn how young people can be active citizens and to create messages that will be heard by community leaders.
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