On GivingTuesday, December 3, 2019, the Robert H. Jackson Center will launch CivicSparx, a civics program designed to engage, educate and empower a new generation of leaders and problem solvers. On December 3, the Center will engage Jamestown high school students in team building exercises, seminars, breakout groups and interactive activities to inspire them and begin a journey of civic engagement.
Following the December 3 program, the students will meet at the Jackson Center weekly to explore every level of civic engagement, using a modified version of the Solution Civics lesson plan. The topics addressed will include the role of legislation, constitutional considerations and solutions to real world problems.
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 after the lessons have ended. The Jackson Center will select two winning teams or individuals from those who submit a dynamic project plan. Each set of winners will receive a $500 stipend to assist the students’ efforts to bring their project to fruition over a 10-week period during the summer. An adult mentor will be assigned to work with the student during 30% of their project as a motivator and guide. Participation in the CivicSparx program is not required to submit a project plan.
“It is important that everyone realize they have a voice in government and the power to effect change,” said Kristan McMahon, President of the Robert H Jackson Center. “We want to encourage, educate, and empower area high school students to identify improvements, understand how to move their idea through the process, and work to achieve their goals.”
The Jackson Center’s GivingTuesday goal is to raise $5,000 in support of the lesson plan materials, the resource book for the students, and the stipend awards for the winning students or teams. As a longer term goal, the Jackson Center hopes to raise sufficient funds to support the CivicSparx program for multiple years and expand the program to additional school districts.
GivingTuesday, celebrated each year on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, is a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage giving and to celebrate generosity worldwide. Every year, on GivingTuesday, millions of people across the globe mobilize to show up, give back, and change their communities. The goal is to create a massive wave of generosity that lasts well beyond that day and touches every person on the planet.
Those who are interested in joining the Jackson Center’s GivingTuesday initiative can visit https://www.roberthjackson.org/event/civicsparx-givingtuesday/. More information on the Center’s campaign is on the Center’s social media pages: Facebook(https://www.facebook.com/roberthjacksoncenter/), @RHJCenter on Twitter, or Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/roberthjacksoncenter/ ).
The Robert H. Jackson Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that envisions a global society where the universal principles of equality, fairness and justice prevail. The Center invites and engages students of all ages, scholars, educators, national officials and international dignitaries to analyze contemporary issues of peace and justice through the lens of Justice Jackson’s body of work.