Providence College in Providence, Rhode Island, has selected ten nonprofit organizations, state education agencies, local school districts, and universities to participate in an initiative designed to examine and expand civic engagement opportunities for high school students in the United States.
Funded by a two-year, $3.4 million grant from the Pew Charitable Trusts, the National High School Civic Engagement Initiative will provide $100,000 to each of the selected organizations to establish networks of twenty to twenty-five high schools that bring together teachers and students to create programs that encourage and facilitate civic engagement. More than 100,000 students at urban, suburban, and rural high schools in fifteen states are expected to participate.
"Young people own more of the future than we do, and we need to grant them a greater voice and investment in it," said Richard M. Battistoni, a professor of political science at Providence College. "This project is by and for young people. We want them to see that they have a stake in the life of their communities and that they have a responsibility to participate in them."