The Law, Youth and Citizenship Program administers several nationally renowned civic education programs, as well as sponsoring many local and regional civic education events. LYC also works with New York teachers and school districts to offer no-cost professional development in the areas of civic and law-related education. The LYC program also offers many no and low-cost publications to teachers, as well as rich online resources for classroom teachers.
We the People: The Citizen & the Constitution
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 . . .
New York State Hearings were held March 1, 2014 in Albany, NY.
Teams from throughout New York first competed at one of four regional hearings. The six teams invited to Albany March 1 were:
Region One (Long Island):
Half Hollow Hills High School East and Smithtown High School West
Region Two (NYC):
James Madison High School and Forest Hills High School
Region Three (Hudson Valley/Capital Region):
Shenendehowa High School
Region Four (Western/Central):
Westfield Academy and Central School
The top team, Forest Hills High School, had the opportunity to testify at the We the People National Hearings in Washington, DC., April 25-28, 2014, at George Mason University, VA
CLICK HERE for official site of the 27th Annual WTP Nationals
Textbook sets and eBooks may be purchased.
The We the People programs are sponsored nationally by the Center for Civic Education and in New York State by the LYC Program. The programs are intended to improve knowledge, skills and civic attitudes in our representative democracy.
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We the People Students Demonstrate Their Knowledge at State Bar Association Annual Meeting/2010
Past State Bar President A. Thomas Levin of Garden City (Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, PC) and Hon. Jonah Triebwasser of Red Hook (Town and Village of Red Hook Courts) presented the Committee on Law, Youth & Citizenship’s report on civic education. The LYC program reaches more than 500,000 students in New York each year through its many civic education programs.
Students from the Edward R. Murrow High School in Brooklyn participated in a live "We The People" demonstration, in which students are asked questions about the U.S. Constitution and its applicability to current times. Judges were members of the LYC Committee. CLICK HERE to watch the demonstration.