Colorado Center for Civic Learning and Engagement

Promoting Civic Education in Colorado's K-12 Schools.

Project Citizen

C3LE has partnered with the national Center For Civic Education to bring their  “Project Citizen” program to Colorado schools.

Project Citizen is an interdisciplinary curricular program for middle, secondary, and post-secondary students, youth organizations, and adult groups that promotes competent and responsible participation in local and state government. The program helps participants learn how to monitor and influence public policy. In the process, they develop support for democratic values and principles, tolerance, and feelings of political efficacy. 

Classes of students work cooperatively to identify a public policy problem in their community. They then research the problem, evaluate alternative solutions, develop their own solution in the form of a public policy, and create a political action plan to enlist local or state authorities to adopt their proposed policy. Participants develop a portfolio of their work and present their project in a public hearing showcase before a panel of civic-minded community members.

Learn More About the Program

From the classrooms, to competitions, to community, Project Citizen educates students about civic engagement

Purchase Textbooks

Purchase the Center for Civic Education’s Project Citizen textbooks and interactive e-books for elementary, middle, and high school classes.

Introduction to Public Policy

Understanding the policy process is the first step toward making a difference. What is Public Policy?

National Showcase

More information about the National Showcase

Colorado’s 2023 National Showcase Representatives: Results for Strive Prep and Dakota Ridge

Underage Substance Use Portfolio, Strive Prep Westwood, Denver

Mental Health Week Portfolio, Dakota Ridge High School, Littleton

Holmes Hallway Traffic, Holmes Middle School, Colorado Springs

Colorado’s 2021 National’s Representative Campo Undivided High School

Campo’s Portfolio