Policy Proposal

A high quality policy proposal offers clear action steps that follows logically from the discussion of the problem. A fundamental assumption guiding this particular construct is that young people should have a voice in policy making about issues that affect them. This means that a quality culminating performance will include a policy proposal that can be enacted by people in positions of official policy-making capacity (e.g., principals, school board members, state legislators, governors, etc.). This critical aspect of the action civics work is an opportunity for young people to propose a new policy, change an existing policy, or hold people accountable for implementing a policy. A “policy” is a set of rules or commitments that a school, government, or organization might have, to which people in positions of authority can be held accountable. Policies enable a youth group’s ideas to be sustained after the individual team members have moved on to other things. School policies include such issues such as rules for student behavior, time allowed for lunch, new classes offered, or requirements for curriculum. Cities make policy when they adopt rules affecting housing, transportation, parks, etc. or when they fund new programs such as youth services. States make policy when they set prices for college tuition, require or prohibit health education in schools, or allow oil drilling. These are all just examples of possible policies. Some presenters will be describing work that they did in the past. Presenters should not be penalized for retrospective descriptions of a call to action (e.g., “We met with the principal and proposed a change to the school discipline policy.”)

  1. Rationale for Proposed Policy
  2. Preposed Implementation
  3. Connection to the Focal Problem
  4. Call to Action (for an in-person audience)