Civic Education In Oregon: Youth Voices

May 4, 2015

Recorded on: May 1st, 2015

Air Date: May 4th, 2015

Guest Speakers include Harley Emery from Thurston, Sydney Baker from Springfield, Alya Bussel from Teen Court/Sheldon, Yessenia Carlos from LULAC/UO, Vincent Lanier from South Eugene, and Christian Mora from Willamette High School.

The City Club of Eugene’s special program on civic education will open with a brief video message from the Honorable Sandra Day O’Connor. O’Connor was the first woman to become a justice on the Supreme Court of the United States. She is the founder of iCivics, a nonprofit group that provides a variety of tools to help teachers prepare students to become informed and engaged citizens.

Speakers will be a panel of students from Willamette, Thurston, Sheldon, and South Eugene high schools and youth representatives from LULAC and Teen Court. Those young people have researched three civic education bills (HB 2955, HB 2977 and SB 484) currently before the Oregon State Legislature. They will explain which, if any, of the bills they recommend and share their perspectives on preparing for active citizenship in a democracy.

State and local officials will act as First Questioners, led by Oregon Supreme Court Justice Martha L. Walters, followed by Mayor Kitty Piercy and Eugene School superintendents Sheldon Berman and Colt Gill.

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