Project Citizen showcases student research on policy issues

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Twenty students from Jeff High School presented a year’s worth of work Wednesday evening.

Project Citizen is a program that gives students the opportunity to identify policy issues from a local to international level. Each student spent the past year researching their specific issues, ranging from from texting and driving to the regulation of prostitution in India. They presented an action plan to a mock council this evening.

Organizers say the program gives students a chance to build confidence and learn how they can affect change.

“I think it gives them the ability [and] the confidence to interact with adults in a different context. In a sense, they’re teachers and the adults are the students,” said Phillip VanFossen, director for the Ackerman Center for Democratic Citizenship.

The next Project Citizen showcase will be toward the end of next school year’s fall term.

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