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How to Register Students Teachers and Administrators who would like to send students to the Symposium on San Francisco Government and Politics should contact Lindsay Brown, Student Outreach Director to obtain a registration form. Educators may register up to ten (10) students using this form. On a space available basis, additional students may be registered. Students who wish to attend should contact their school administration to receive permission to attend with the proper excuse from any classes missed. Once permission is obtained, students may preregister by contacting Lindsay Brown at the email address below. Registration is free for students and teachers. Lunch will be provided. Lindsay Brown, Student Outreach Coordinator The Junior Statesmen Foundation firstname.lastname@example.org (650) 347-‐1600 xt 7642 The program will be run by members of The Junior Statesmen Foundation staff. While teacher participation is encouraged, The Junior Statesmen Foundation assumes the responsibility for supervising the students while attending the program.
The mission of the Junior State of America and the Junior Statesmen Foundation (JSA) is to strengthen American democracy by educating and preparing high school students for life-‐ long involvement and responsible leadership in a democratic society. In the student-‐run Junior State and at JSA summer schools and summer institutes, participants learn statesmanship as they engage in political discourse. They cultivate democratic leadership skills, challenge one another to think critically, advocate their own opinions, develop respect for opposing views and learn to rise above self-‐interest to promote the public good.
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Symposium on San Francisco Government and Politics The Junior Statesmen Foundation 800 S Claremont St, Ste 202 San Mateo, CA 94402
Symposium on San Francisco Government and Politics Friday, November 8, 2013 PUC Auditorium – Civic Center 8:30 a.m.-‐ 4:00 p.m.
Question the Decision-Makers Influential officials have been invited to address the students about key issues affecting youth in San Francisco. Robust question and answer sessions give students the opportunity to delve deeper into specific policies of concern. Confirmed speakers include Hon. David Chiu, President, Board of Supervisors, Hon. Mark Farrell, Board of Supervisors and Richard Carrenza, Superintendent, San Francisco Unified School District.
“Politics must be experienced to be understood.” – Professor E. A. Rogers
Students Voice Their Opinions
Fulfilling the Civic Mission of Schools
Interactive sessions will allow students to talk about their opinions on the issues raised during the day. The format of these sessions will also emphasize listening and critical thinking skills to promote informed civil dialogue on controversial issues. Small groups will collaborate on solutions to local government problems and create plans to help the city move forward.
Understanding Local Politics
Empowering Students for Future Engagement
The Symposium on San Francisco Government and Politics will give high school students an inside view of how local government works, a chance to weigh in on issues that directly affect them and a framework for becoming engaged in local government even after the program. This program can augment any Government or Social Studies curriculum with a focus on San Francisco City and County government and by giving students avenues to become engaged in and take action on the local issues that affect them.
Knowing how City Hall works is the first step to becoming engaged. The Symposium will give students the tools and confidence to take the next step and interact with their government in order to add their voice to the decision-‐making process. An “Action Civics” curriculum and professional development will be made available to teachers who register students for the symposium – this will enable educators to continue to provide students with training for active civic participation.
Symposium on San Francisco Government and Politics Friday, November 8, 2013 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Public Utilities Commission Auditorium Edmund G. Brown State Office Building 505 Van Ness Street – San Francisco Agenda 8:30 a.m. Registration/Breakfast Student Networking Activity 9:00 a.m. Opening Session Board President David Chiu 10:00 a.m. Issues in Education SFUSD Superintendent Richard Carranza Student activity on education issues 11:30 a.m. Youth Engagement San Francisco Youth Advisory Council 12:00 noon Lunch 1:00 p.m. Crime and Justice Panel Session on Policy Issues Affecting Youth Student Problem-‐Solving Forum 2:45 p.m. Politics in San Francisco Exploring the Spectrum of Views with Supervisors 3:45 p.m. Closing 4:00 p.m. Symposium Ends