Join the Freedom Center this summer for a dynamic, transformative learning and leading experience! June 13-August 4, we travel from the Bay Area and beyond with middle and high school students, engaging thousands of members of the nation’s community dialogues on civic engagement and democracy, that will change lives! #GetCivic
About The Civic Engagement Pilgrimage:
Follow us on social media June 24 to August 4, 2017, for this summer’s Civic Engagement Pilgrimage! High school and college aged young people will travel throughout the West Coast answering what we can do as a society to get more civically engaged! This is our 27th year of producing hard hitting, boot camp-like, traveling classes/civic engagement projects. We will travel with an 18-foot truck, prepare our own meals, sleep on gym floors and in tents, spend time in forests and rivers, carry out press interviews, make public speeches and organize community-based dialogue circles on how and why to engage in civics, and in DEMOCRACY!! This is a life changing experience.
To answer hard-hitting questions that relate that deconstructs inequality such as: What can we do to get people more civically engaged. Middle school, high school, and college students from the Martin Luther King, Jr. Freedom Center will produce Civic Engagement Listening Circles in diverse communities of the Bay Area and beyond. Internally, the purpose will provide classes and rigorous civic engagement experience to students that prepare them for ongoing civic engagement and community organizing and develops within them a life-long commitment to public service and the further development of democracy.
Students receive daily classes in U.S. constitutional history; civics and public policy; civil rights and the role of the organization in gaining civil, human, and economic rights; leadership development; conduct change that permits individual integration into efforts to confront racism, poverty, and war. The classes provide the study. Organizing and carrying out Civic Engagement Listening Circles provide the direct experience.
Students will develop relationships with schools, workplaces, locally based community, civil rights, and other organizations with a focus on inter-generational and interracial diversity. Efforts will be made to work with both registered and unregistered voters, as well as those who are too young to vote, or for other reasons are not eligible to vote, but who can still have an active role in civic life and policy making.
Students will carry out daily civic engagement work which includes: organizing community forums; visiting school, church and work place groups; participating in community meetings; organizing elected officials, school personnel, and the media; press interviews with radio, TV, print, electronic and other news outlets; assisting in developing structures that will facilitate inter-generational, interracial civic and voter engagement efforts throughout the west coast.
Students will be required to:
- Hold a series of leadership dialogues with representatives of diverse groups and communities
- Develop “listening circles” among grassroots members of diverse groups
- Study why we need civic engagement as well as its effect on the community
- Students will represent their schools and families at all times
- Develop understanding of the role of ethics, values, and civic engagement and voter education
- Ability to analyze and synthesize historical, political, economic and cultural work
- Develop teaching, presenting, and mentoring ability
- Improve public speaking skills
- Develop the ability to critically analyze race, indifference, and hatred
- Learn how to advocate for voters rights
- Practice ethical leadership, citizenship and social responsibility
- Discover yourself and your life’s purpose
- Practice cultural empowerment
- Build meaningful lifelong relationships with people from other cultures, experiences, and nations
- Develop community organizing skills
- Study what our people have to say about civic engagement
- Community service credit available on a per-high school basis, consult your counselor or faculty
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