“It is not the function of the government to keep the citizen from falling into error; it is the function of the citizen to keep the government from falling into error.”
American Communications Association v. Douds, 339 U.S. 382, 442-43 (1950) (Jackson, J.)
On Tuesday, December 3, 2019, in conjunction with #GivingTuesday, a 24-hour day of global giving, The Robert H. Jackson Center will launch its inaugural CIVICSPARX Program to engage, educate and empower a new generation of citizens who, in the tradition of Robert H. Jackson, will make their community a better place.
On December 3, the Jackson Center will host team building exercises, breakout groups and interactive activities to engage a group of Jamestown Public High School students to prepare for an opportunity to develop projects that will make a difference to the community.
In January 2020, the Jackson Center will host and furnish all of the books, teacher lesson plan guides and workbook materials to educate students on every level of civic engagement over a 10-week period using seminar based lesson plans. The selected lesson plans are a modified version of a Solution Civics (https://thecitizenscampaign.org/solutions-civics/solutions-civics-resources/) program that includes discussion on the role of legislation, constitutional considerations and solutions to real world problems. All courses will be taught by JHS educators. Students will learn to identify a real-world problem, research solutions, and how to make presentations to stakeholders, among many other skills.
At the end of the 10-week curriculum, the Jackson Center will begin accepting applications from individual students or teams of students who have designed a solution-oriented project to improve their community. The Jackson Center will select the two winning teams or individuals who submit the most dynamic project plans. The two winners will each receive a $500 stipend to assist the students’ efforts to bring their project to fruition over a set period of time during the summer months. The goal is to empower student citizens to become more directly engaged in their communities. An adult mentor will be assigned to work with the student during 30% of their project as a motivator and guide.
The Jackson Center’s #GivingTuesday goal is to raise $5,000 to begin funding the cost of books, materials and lesson plans for CIVICSPARX in Jamestown in 2020 and, hopefully, other school districts in the future. You can donate online through the form below, donate through RHJC’s Facebook or Instagram pages, or call us at 716-483-6646.