“There is something exciting about learning how local government works while sitting in your State Senator’s chair in Legislative Hall.”
Most states and colleges look for a government or civic class on high school transcripts. While not every high school student desires to major in political science, a working understanding of government is vital for adulthood.
Both of my high school students have attended our local Teen Pact program. My future pastry chef was very reluctant to attend a four-day program this year. Since she needs this credit I assured her this was the best hands-on way to teach the subject. Besides pushing my teens out of their comfort zones is one of my favorite things to do.
Teen Pact is celebrating 20 years of providing programs to teens.
Here is the mission statement of Teen Pact:
“Our mission is to train youth to understand the political process, value their liberty, defend their Christian faith and engage the culture at a time in their lives when, typically, they do not care about such things.”
Benefits to attending Teen Pact:
- Hands-on Role Playing to learn the political process
- Skit on “How a Bill Becomes a Law”
- Participating in mock elections
- Hearing local politicians discuss their service
- Chance for teens to give public speeches.
- Learning to ask critical questions about laws being proposed
- Workshops taught by teens and young adults passionate about political process.
- 1/3 credit earned
There is homework required to be completed before attending the four-day program. We found the assignments to be a great way to begin learning about government. One of the assignments is to write your own bill. Which in the homework assignment does not seem like an exciting task. Then you attend the four-day program and have a chance to present your bill and see if it becomes a law.
My daughter came home each night and shared the day’s activities. She loved the skit on “How a Bill Becomes a Law.” I was happy to hear her understanding of government take shape.
Now we just need to add some time studying our National Government to complete the needed 1/2 credit. I have used Zeezok’s A Noble Experiment for my older son. I really want to try a government class done by Founders Academy.