Take part in a statewide civic engagement initiative!
The Arizona Cardinals, the Governor of Arizona, Greater Phoenix Leadership (GPL), and Close Up are proud to partner for Civics Matters Arizona, an annual civic engagement initiative for students across the state. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for young Arizonans, providing them with opportunities to become involved in their community, learn the importance of civic engagement, participate in an essay contest about making a difference, and—for the contest winners—an incredible summer trip to Washington, DC, on the Arizona Cardinals team plane!
This initiative brings together a geographically diverse cohort of schools and students from across the state of Arizona to take part in a statewide civic engagement program designed to help students learn the importance of active citizenship, become more involved in their schools and communities, and earn credit toward the Arizona Seal of Civics Literacy. Teachers will invite students to enter the Civics Matters Arizona essay contest to win a trip to DC in June on the Cardinals plane!
Implementing Civics Matters Arizona at your school:
Ideal Candidates: Motivated students currently in 9th and 10th grade, interested in becoming Civic Ambassadors and making an impact on issues they care about in their local community and the state of Arizona.
Step 1 – Confirmation: Complete this interest form to indicate your school/district’s intent to participate.
Step 2 – Essay Contest: Invite students to participate in the essay contest to be selected as an Arizona Civic Ambassador and join selected peers statewide on an all-expenses paid trip to DC. Students should submit a short essay response to one of the following prompts below.
Step 3 – Student Selection: Using the rubric provided by Close Up, schools should select 6-8 Arizona Civic Ambassadors to represent their school community.
Step 4 – Arizona Civic Ambassador Orientation: After submitting essay contest winners to Close Up, students will be invited to an online orientation to the program and will receive access to the Civics Matters Arizona MobileServe app.
Step 5 – Washington, DC, Program (June 11-14, 2024): Traveling on the Arizona Cardinals’ team plane with a few special guests, 275 students from across Arizona will head to the nation’s capital for a four-day, three-night experience with Close Up.
Step 6 – Continued engagement as an Arizona Civic Ambassador: Following the DC trip, Arizona Civics Matters Ambassadors will receive monthly toolkits and recommendations for organizing impactful activities!
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