In December of 2003, the LYC Program of the New York State Bar
Association became the New York State Administrator of the We the People
Program of the Center for Civic Education. The program was recently
defunded by Congress, but LYC still maintains support for the many NY
teachers using the program.
The primary goal of We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution
is to promote civic competence and responsibility among the nation's
elementary and secondary students. What makes the program so successful
is the design of its instructional program, including its innovative
culminating activity. The instructional program enhances students’
understanding of the institutions of American constitutional democracy.
At the same time, students discover the contemporary relevance of the
Constitution and Bill of Rights.
The culminating activity is a simulated congressional hearing in
which students "testify" before a panel of judges. Students demonstrate
their knowledge and understanding of constitutional principles and have
opportunities to evaluate, take, and defend positions on relevant
historical and contemporary issues.
CLICK HERE to see our We the People students
demonstrate their knowledge . . .