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The Kettering Foundation reports that citizens "believe that they do not—cannot—have a say in the system [because] there's no room left for their voices." PBHA’s CIVICS strives to inspire students to take an active participatory role in their community by educating them on what our government is and how it affects their lives. Students are encouraged to think critically about their rights and responsibilities as citizens through lessons on the Constitution and Bill of Rights. With challenging discussions and simulations, children in fifth and eighth grade learn to evaluate, critique, and appreciate the democratic process through approximately 8 weekly classes.

above: Shauyene Hsieh '00 conducts a slide show and lecture on civics during a visit Monday by three dozen students from the Timilty Middle School in Roxbury. The youths came to take a tour, hear a classroom presentation, and learn about the college application process from University students and administrators.
Staff Photo by Jon Chase/Harvard University News Office