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  • 1. Transforming students and society through film.
  • 2. “Knowledge of our system of government is not handed down through the gene pool. The habits of citizenship must be learned. But we have neglected civic education for the past several decades, and the results are predictably dismal.” – Sandra Day O’Connor
  • 3. The Importance of Civics Civic knowledge and engagement is vital to a thriving democracy. • Promotes informed political participation • Gives people more control over their lives as citizens • Nuances opinions and encourages dialogue and bipartisanship • Creates future leaders for our democracy Source: Educational Testing Service 3
  • 4. Society in Crisis 24% Only 24% of high school students graduate proficient in civics. Only 1/3 Americans can name the three branches of government and 1/3 can’t name any at all. 139 172 The United States ranks 139th in voter turnout out of the world’s 172 democracies. Source: Educational Testing Service, Center for Public Justice, Los Angeles Times 4
  • 5. A Creative Solution Civic Life Project transforms students into responsible citizens by empowering them to explore and engage the critical civic issues facing their community and our nation through documentary filmmaking. 5
  • 6. To The Benefit of All • Students become more responsible citizens through a deeper understanding and appreciation of civics and civic issues while learning valuable creative skills • Schools can augment their civics curricula, saving resources while enhancing outcomes and developing 21st Century skills • Society benefits from more responsible citizens and communities that get to explore the issues through student documentaries 6
  • 7. Classroom to Screening Room By leveraging multimedia technology that is already exciting and familiar to young people, Civic Life Project captures the imagination of students by turning the dry study of civics into the exploration of real people with real issues. 7
  • 8. Classroom to Screening Room CLP’s program demonstrates the importance of civics by: • Hosting in-classroom discussions with students relating the Constitution and the role of government to real people and real issues • Creating teams of students to investigate, analyze, and develop a viewpoint on a civic issue • Providing instruction on how to script and produce a documentary film, including work sessions with real directors, cinematographers, and journalists • Producing of short videos for public presentation to peers, teachers, community members and public officials 8
  • 9. Measurable Impact CLP uses a variety of metrics to gauge success: • Number of attendees at public screenings • Online video views • Qualitative feedback from students, teachers, and community members • Duration of relationships with schools In the future, CLP will: • Track program alumni to obtain qualitative and quantitative data on their civic involvement, comparing it to local and national averages 9
  • 10. Moving Forward For Civic Life Project to succeed and grow, funds will be needed to meet our needs in terms of personnel and materials. Personnel responsibilities include: • Designing and implementing in-class programs • Supporting students in filmmaking process • Building relationships with students, schools and other partners • Developing and translating its curriculum for online platforms. Materials needed to run our programs include: • Film equipment • Editing hardware and software 10
  • 11. July 2013 – June 2014 CLP will: • Translate its curriculum to online/mobile platforms • Develop teachers’ and Instructors’ training workshops • Develop on line subscription based high schools and universities courses • Develop online tutoring 11
  • 12. Tax Deductible Contributions Civic Life Project is a 501 c 3 Not for Profit incorporated in Connecticut All contributions are tax-deductible 12
  • 13. Thank You.