ENGAGE.  A Civic Engagement Initiative.

Our mission is to encourage civic responsibility and to engage students in democratic participation.

Learning Targets

Students can:

  • utilize a variety of resources in order to be informed voters.
  • demonstrate responsible citizenship through civic participation.
  • identify their local, state, and congressional districts, elected officials, and candidates.
  • utilize research tools to analyze political candidates and elected officials.
  • demonstrate an understanding of campaign finance.
  • identify basic requirements for candidates to gain ballot access.
  • identify roles and differences between each level of government.
  • identify current issues that are relevant and under the authority of each level of government.
  • identify political issues relevant (and meaningful) to them, their family, and their community.
  • navigate the voting process.



“In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex.  The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.  We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes.

Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful mission and goals, so that and security and liberty can prosper peacefully together.”

 –  Eisenhower’s Farewell Address, 1961

“A popular government without proper information or the means of acquiring it is but a prologue to a farce or a tragedy – or perhaps both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance, and the people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.”

 – James Madison, Letter to W. T. Barry, 1822

“One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.  The price of apathy towards public affairs is to be ruled by evil men [/women].”

 –  Plato