Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning & Engagement (CIRCLE)
The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning & Engagement (CIRCLE) focuses on the political life of young people in the United States, especially those who are marginalized or disadvantaged. CIRCLE’s scholarly research informs policy and practice for healthier youth development and a better democracy.
Build a stronger culture of citizenship. That’s the goal of the programs we run. Citizen University works with a national array of partners to help Americans cultivate the values, systems knowledge, and skills of effective citizenship.
Citizenship Education Flash Cards and Slides
Easy-to-use downloadable flash cards and slides containing each of the 100 civics (history and government) questions and answers on the naturalization test.
Citizenship Resource Center-Citizenship Rights and Responsibilities
Citizenship is the common thread that connects all Americans. We are a nation bound not by race or religion, but by the shared values of freedom, liberty, and equality.
All countries have rules that determine who is a citizen, and what rights and responsibilities come with citizenship. In the United States, the 14th Amendment gives constitutional protection of the basic rights of citizenship:
Constitutional Rights Foundation
Constitutional Rights Foundation (CRF) seeks to instill in our nation's youth a deeper understanding of citizenship through values expressed in our Constitution and its Bill of Rights and to educate young people to become active and responsible participants in our society. CRF is dedicated to assuring our country's future by investing in our youth today.
Convention of States
Citizens concerned for the future of their country, under a federal government that's increasingly bloated, corrupt, reckless and invasive, have a constitutional option. We can call a Convention of States to return the country to its original vision of a limited federal government that is of, by and for the people.
The success of any democratic system depends on the active participation of its citizens. iCivics gives students the necessary tools to learn about and participate in civic life, and teachers the materials and support to achieve this goal. Our free resources include print-and-go lesson plans, interactive digital tools, and award-winning games. iCivics exists to engage students in meaningful civic learning. We provide civics teachers well-written, inventive, and free resources that enhance their practice and inspire their classrooms. Our mission is to ensure every student receives a high-quality civic education, and becomes engaged in – and beyond – the classroom.
Like showing up for Sunday dinner or helping your neighbor, voting should be a way of life for all Mississippians. Many challenges Mississippi voters face today are community-specific, requiring a flexible approach that heeds local experience. Obstacles to voting in rural farming communities in the Mississippi Delta are inevitably different from those in a relatively cosmopolitan college town. Community organizing allows Mississippi Votes to learn about the obstacles that diverse groups of citizens face and design community-appropriate solutions to fit specific experiences. Combining tested broad-based communal participation, community organizing techniques, academic research, and data management can best shift the status quo towards a culture of civic engagement in Mississippi.
National Center for Constitutional Studies (NCCS)
Our story began in 1971 with the realization that Americans were losing sight of the incredible “Freedom Formula” our founding fathers gave their lives for. It became the mission of the National Center for Constitutional Studies (NCCS), originally called The Freeman Institute, to restore the U.S. Constitution in accordance with the intent of America’s Founders.
National Conference on Citizenship
Civic Health Index (CHI) is at the center of our work. We think of “civic health” as the way that communities are organized to define and address public problems. Communities with strong indicators of civic health have higher employment rates, stronger schools, better physical health, and more responsive governments.
National Constitution Center
Inspires active citizenship as the only place where people across America and around the world can come together to learn about, debate, and celebrate the greatest vision of human freedom in history, the U.S. Constitution.
Rights and Responsibilities
What is the difference between a right and a responsibility? A right is a freedom that is protected, such as the right to free speech and religion. A responsibility is a duty or something you should do, such as recycling or doing your homework. Voting is both a right and a responsibility! In this movie, you'll learn about different rights and responsibilities and how to be a good citizen in your community. Find out how communities set laws and rules and how citizens can work together for the common good.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Lesson Plans
USCIS offers lesson plans with instructions and teaching strategies for novice and seasoned ESL instructors preparing students for U.S. citizenship. Lessons include content on American Government, American History, and Integrated Civics covered in the Civics Test as well as language needed for the reading and writing portions of the English Test. Handouts with interactive games and student-centered activities encompass all four language skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Please also visit themed resources for classroom use and curriculum development and instructional materials. To supplement your lessons, download the Famous Americans (PDF, 1.15 MB) 8.5" x 11" portraits and flash cards.
William Winter Institute for Racial
The William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation works in communities and classrooms, in Mississippi and beyond, to support a movement of racial equity and wholeness as a pathway to ending and transcending all division and discrimination based on difference.
Young Citizens is an education charity working in primary and secondary schools to help educate, inspire and motivate the active citizens of tomorrow. The need for our work has never been greater. A strong, cohesive society can only continue to thrive if each new generation of citizens is equipped and determined to make it happen. But our society faces serious challenges. Faith in the way our democracy operates has been shaken, and healthy scepticism towards elected politicians has turned too often into contempt and even hatred.