The We the People Constitution Program is a unique learning experience using “monumental” Washington to help 8th grade students understand the U.S. Constitution.
The U.S. Capitol Historical Society has conducted youth leadership forums for middle and/or high school students in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. The programs were designed to promote understanding of the importance of responsible citizenship and the rewards of public service in a representative democracy. The programs have often been held in the Congressional Auditorium in the Capitol Visitor Center.
In pursuit of its mission to promote the history of the United States Congress and American representative government, the U.S. Capitol Historical Society has sponsored the Making Democracy Work Student Essay Contest, a nationwide contest open to all students in junior (grades 6-8) and senior (grades 9-12) divisions. “We are proud to offer talented students the opportunity to showcase their thoughtful perspectives about what it means to be an American citizen today,” said Ronald A. Sarasin, president of the U.S. Capitol Historical Society. “We hope our contest will be a catalyst for an important national discussion about democracy, citizenship, voting rights, and our collective responsibilities as Americans.” There are no plans to offer the contest during the current school year.