The CivicAction series is for outstanding students in grades 7 through 9. The Civic Education Project offers custom-designed CivicAction programs for specific populations of students in partnership with various schools, districts and organizations, as well as CivicAction programs open to general enrollment.
The CivicAction series' signature summer course, Taking Action: Leadership & Service, is a three-week service-learning course offered as part of the Spectrum Summer Program at Northwestern University’s Center for Talent Development (CTD).
Taking Action: Leadership & Service
Each year, more than three million Americans experience homelessness. Fifteen million people go hungry. One out of every five children in America lives in poverty. Why does this happen? And what can young people do about it?
This innovative curriculum integrates academic study with meaningful community service for an experience that participants describe as "eye-opening" and "life-changing." Students split their time between the classroom and supervised hands-on service projects with community organizations ranging from homeless shelters to Head Start programs to top political offices. Through academic research, small group work and facilitated reflection, students investigate the root causes of and proposed solutions to pressing social problems. Young student leaders gain a deeper understanding of complex social issues and learn how to make a difference in communities.
This course enhances communication, critical thinking and problem-solving abilities, and prepares students for a lifetime of leadership and civic engagement.
2014 Taking Action: Leadership & Service
|CTD Taking Action: Leadership & Service
Northwestern University – Evanston, IL
Jun 29, 2014 — Jul 18, 2014
Jul 20, 2014 — Aug 8, 2014
Completing Grades 7 & 8
Taking Action: Leadership & Service is part of CTD’s Spectrum Program.
For more details, visit the CTD Summer Programs web site, or download a program catalog or application materials.