iCivics prepares young Americans to become knowledgeable, engaged 21st century citizens by creating free and innovative educational materials.
In 2009, Justice Sandra Day O’Connor founded iCivics to help reverse Americans’ declining civic knowledge and participation. Securing our democracy, she realized, requires teaching the next generation to understand and respect our system of governance. Today iCivics comprises not just our board and staff, but also a national leadership team of state supreme court justices, secretaries of state, and educational leaders, as well as and a network of committed volunteers. Together, we are committed to passing along our legacy of democracy to the next generation. Here are a few facts:
- In just two years, iCivics has produced 18 educational video games as well as accompanying teaching materials which, over the course of the 2011-2012 school year alone, reached over 1.6 million visitors in all 50 states.
- A recent partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of America will allow iCivics to reach nearly 4.5 million youth in after school programs across the country.
- An independent study by the researchers at Baylor University’s School of Education concluded that iCivics games improved student knowledge significantly - and did so across gender, race and socioeconomic categories.
- Today iCivics offers the nation’s most comprehensive, standards-aligned civics curriculum that is available freely on the Web.
For more information on how to get involved, contact Erin Braun, Director of Outreach, at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.icivics.org.