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Programs

Program Offerings for Grades 6-8

In-person and Virtual Program Offerings for Grades 6-8

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Pathways to Citizenship
Grades 4-8
In-person visit (2 hours) or virtual program (1 hour)
Number of participants: 10-60 students (virtual) or 10-100 students (in-person)
Students learn about the challenges facing modern-day immigrants and work together as Senators to build a bill that defines a pathway to citizenship for four groups of undocumented immigrants: DREAMers, farm workers, refugees, and a general immigrant population.

Pathways to Environmental Justice
Grades 4-8
In-person visit (2 hours) or virtual program (1 hour)
Number of participants: 10-60 students (virtual) or 10-100 students (in-person)
Students learn about the challenges posed by climate change and the need to transition to a more climate- and environmentally-friendly economy. They will also work together as Senators to build a bill that provides assistance and environmental justice for three distinct groups of people affected by climate change: frontline and vulnerable communities, fossil fuel workers, and young people.

Today’s Vote
Grades 6-12
In-person visit (2 hours) or virtual program (1 hour)
Number of participants: 110-60 students (virtual) or 10-100 students (in-person)
Students participate in a simulated U.S. Senate session and a live floor debate on an actual piece of legislation pending before the Senate. Students will consider the issue from multiple perspectives, share their own ideas, and then cast their votes.

Groups can choose from the following topics:

  • The Electoral College Learn more about the history, function, and significance of the Electoral College and why there’s a movement to end and replace it.

  • The Green New Deal Unpack a plan to reshape the national economy in order to better protect our planet from climate change.

  • Voting Rights Consider national legislative solutions to issues around voter access and election integrity.

Real Life Civics: The Three Branches
Grades 6-8
Virtual program (1 hour)
Number of participants: 10-60 students
This session reviews the overall structure of the federal government.

Real Life Civics: Checks and Balances
Grades 6-8
Virtual program (1 hour)
Number of participants: 10-60 students
This session explores the relationships between the different branches of government and the balance of powers.

Real Life Civics: Traditions and Norms
Grades 8-12
Virtual program (1 hour)
Number of participants: 10-60 students
The values and expectations for those who serve in government are compellingly articulated in our presentation.

Program Information

School Year 2022-2023

In-person and Virtual Program Fees


All U.S. Public Schools

FREE
Sponsored in part by the generous support of Commonwealth of Massachusetts

All Other School Groups

$5 / MA student, in-person
$5 / non-MA student, virtual
$6 / non-MA student, in-person


Scholarships are available on a limited basis for qualifying Massachusetts schools

All College Groups

$10 / student

To schedule a program please complete our Program Request Form.


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