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“If you are doing other projects or just want to learn more about lawmaking and government, check out these online resources. If you locate others that you think kids or teachers would like, let us know and we may add them to this site.”

“Raise Your Voice, Student Action for Change,” an initiative of Campus Compact. Funded by Pew Charitable Trusts and based at Brown University, the “Raise Your Voice” site is “dedicated to connecting, challenging, and supporting college and university students in community work, activism, leadership and civic growth.” Helpful to advanced students interested in service learning and opportunities for community involvement. .
American Political Science Association (APSA), world's largest professional organization for the study of politics. Includes Civic Education Network with resources for teachers at all levels, divided into four levels: recent reports and scholarly essays, civic education organizations, teaching and research resources, and student civic engagement surveys and data.
Arsalyn Program, a non-partisan program of the Ludwick Family Foundation. Promotes youth civic and political engagement. Lessons encourage “Democracy in Action” projects that bring high school students into elementary schools to address key aspects of American citizenship.
Center for Civic Education. Thorough listing of sites in the following categories: Civics and Government, Educational Resources, United States Government and Law, United States Politics, International Culture, Law, and Politics, Media, Reference and Research.
University of North Carolina Civic Education Consortium. Describes the consortium partners, offers resources for teachers, and posts information about the North Carolina Statewide Civic Index.
A website of Civitas International. Introduced in 1995 and managed by the Center for Civic Education as “an online resource and service for civic education practitioners (teachers, teacher trainers, curriculum designers) as well as scholars, policymakers, civic-minded journalists, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) promoting civic education all over the world.” Unique international electronic resource.
Constitutional Rights Foundation, a “non-profit, non-partisan, community-based organization dedicated to educating America's young people about the importance of civic participation in a democratic society.” Includes online lessons, programs and materials. Site identified as a “PBS TeacherSource” and “Best of the Web for Teachers!”
Website maintained by the Social Studies Development Center. Provides links to resources in civic education, law-related education, and government. Useful internet resources for educators, researchers, and citizen groups.
The Institute of Politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. A National Campaign to bring civic education to younger students through partnerships with schools that promote civic education in their communities.
Institute for the Study of Civic Values, established in 1973, “works to strengthen democracy by building grassroots movements to insure ‘the consent of the governed' through active citizen participation at all levels of government.” Site has links to online discussion guides, publications on civic literacy, and civic and political education.
This website connects award-winning, comprehensive curriculum on the Constitution and its amendments to daily civics news and student discussion.
League of Women Voters. Site demonstrates League's longstanding focus on civic participation and civic education and knowledge, with special attention to voter information.
MultiState Associates Inc. Lists State Legislative Presence on the Internet for all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
National Alliance for Civic Education (NACE). “Launched in 2000 with more than 80 group and individual charter members committed to advancing civic knowledge and engagement.” Surveys states' mandates for civic education and advocates for service learning, civic requirements and guidelines, and teacher preparation.
The National Conference of State Legislatures is a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staffs of the nation's 50 states, its commonwealths and territories.  NCSL provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues.   Access NCSL’s research in policy areas of interest to state legislatures.
Kids Around Town (KAT) program in Pennsylvania. “Develops in young citizens a range of skills and strategies for understanding public policy and participating directly in their community's decision-making processes.” Includes information on the KAT Model and opportunities for resource exchange among teachers.
State and Local Government on the Net. Provides a directory of official state, county and city government websites. Lists 9290 government sites. Provides quick access to websites of state government constitutional officers, legislatures, state judiciaries and departments across all states
National Association of Secretaries of State provides answers to Who? Why? How? and Where? of voting, with information about elections in all 50 states. is a repository of basic information, resources and historical documents related to American Government and Politics. Its primary goal is to promote more effective participation in the American political system by providing factual, non-partisan information about government and politics in the United States of America . also offers an online, open American government and politics textbook.
Yahooligans! The Web Guide for Kids. Provides kid-friendly resources in a variety of topic areas, including geography, science & nature, arts & entertainment and sports & recreation. Has Parents' Guide and Teachers' Guide and useful daily news updates.

This page has been assembled only for the purposes of this project. The Secretary of State's Office is not responsible for the contents of these sites, and their presence on this list should not be viewed as an endorsement.