New York State Finals of the We The People Competition

wethepeoThe 2017 New York State We The People competition was held on Saturday, February 11, 2017 at the Albany Marriott, 189 Wolf Rd., Albany, NY.  The top team, New Visions Law and Government, from Region 3, won the State Finals and will move on to compete in the National Hearings. The second place team, Forest Hills High School, was selected as a wild card and will also compete in the National Hearings. The 2017 We the People National Hearings will be held at the National Conference Center near Washington, D.C. on April 21-24, 2017.  Click here for the official site of the Annual We The People Nationals.   

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.  Students from the Edward R. Murrow High School in Brooklyn participated in a live We The People demonstration at the 2010 NYSBA Annual Meeting.  Students were asked questions about the U.S. Constitution and its applicability to current times. Judges were members of the New York State Bar Association's Law, Youth and Citizenship Committee.    

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 reported on civic education. The LYC program reaches more than 500,000 students in New York each year through its many civic education programs.     

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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Check out the photos from the 2016 We the People New York State Finals!

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