NYS Civic Roadmap
Grade-specific state and national standards, links, activities and reading lists
ABA scripted trials based on children's stories. LYC will assist in purchasing.
Professional Development Opportunities
LYC offers statewide, regional and national opportunities -- most of which are free of charge
Foundations of Democracy
Foundations of Democracy is an interdisciplinary curriculum based on four concepts fundamental to understanding constitutional democracy: authority, privacy, responsibility, and justice. Grades K-12.
Center for Civic Education
The Center for Civic Education is a nonprofit, nonpartisan educational corporation dedicated to promoting an enlightened and responsible citizenry committed to democratic principles and actively engaged in the practice of democracy in the United States and other countries.
Each year on May 1st, Law Day provides an opportunity to reflect on our legal heritage, the role of law, and on the rights and duties which are the foundation of peace and prosperity for all. Throughout New York State, bar associations and other law-related organizations sponsor events to recognize the contributions of citizens, lawyers and judges. This can be in the form of visits to classrooms, recognition of lawyers and non-lawyers for volunteer service, special lectures, essay contests, etc.
In 2004, the U.S. Congress passed legislation requiring educational institutions that receive federal funding to present a program focused on the U. S. Constitution each year on Constitution and Citizenship Day. The Law, Youth and Citizenship Program offers programs and resources to assist teachers in observing Constitution Day.
Project Citizen is a curricular program for 5th & 6th grade that promotes competent and responsible participation in local and state government. The program helps young people learn how to monitor and influence public policy. In the process, they develop support for democratic values and principles, tolerance, and feelings of political efficacy.
We the People
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 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.
Justice Resource Center
A public/private partnership established in 1991, whose mandate is to develop, implement, replicate and evaluate law-related education projects which impact positively on the school-age population in the United States. Originating in NYC, the JRC has moved to national and international replication.
Newspaper in Education
Lawyer in the Classroom
The Lawyer in the Classroom Program was established in 1976 to provide students with an opportunity to interact with volunteer attorneys in a structured setting. Attorneys work in consultation with teachers to choose topics and teaching strategies that best suit a class. LYC provides free resources for use during classroom visits. We have attorneys that can handle the toughest kindergartner's question to the sophisticated question of an AP government student.
PATCH - standing for Participatory Awareness Through Community Help, is based at the Northport-East Northport School District.
Salute Our Flag
Schoolhouse Rock: Preamble
This is the classic song and animation from the Schoolhouse Rock series. The site has the lyrics and links to the video.
Representative Democracy in America
A national project designed to reinvigorate and educate Americans on the critical relationship between government and the people it serves. The project introduces citizens, particularly young people, to the representatives, institutions, and processes that serve to realize the goal of a government of, by, and for the people.
Congress for Kids
Learning about the federal government doesn't have to be boring. Congress for Kids gives access to interactive, fun-filled experiences designed to help learn about the foundation of our federal government and how its actions affect you. Although designed for students in grades fourth through high school, other students, teachers, parents, and interested citizens will find helpful, engaging activities, too.
The primary goal of the Liberty's Kids TV series is to provide 7-12 year olds with a fresh and exciting experience of the extraordinary period of 1773 to 1789 in American history.Through the eyes of two young apprentice reporters named Sarah and James, viewers of Liberty's Kids will go on adventures in search of the real stories of the American Revolution.