We the People: Project Citizen promotes competent and responsible participation in state and local government. It actively engages students in learning how to monitor and influence public policy and encourages civic participation among students, their parents, and members of the community.

As a class project, students work together to identify and study a public policy issue, eventually developing an action plan to engage support for their policy proposal. The final product is a portfolio displaying each group’s work.

In a culminating activity, the class presents its portfolio in a simulated legislative hearing, demonstrating their knowledge and understanding of how public policy is formulated. Teachers are encouraged to hold hearings in the classroom or community setting.

Project Citizen – Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies

Check the correlation to see how the program fits well with the Common Core State Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies and assists you in meeting social studies objectives:


If you are interested in using this program in the classroom, please e-mail Law Related Education Coordinator, Robin E. Knippers for curriculum materials, or call her at 603-715-3259.

Additional information can be found on the Center for Civic Education website.

What is Public Policy

Project Citizen

Project Citizen Textbooks

Project Citizen – Level 1
(Suggested grades 5-8)
$255 plus S&H

Project Citizen - Level 1
Project Citizen – Level 2
(Suggested grades 9-12+)
$295 plus S&H

Project Citizen - Level 2
Proyecto Ciudadano
Spanish version of Level 1
$255 plus S&H

Project Citizen - Spanish