Project Citizen

What is Project Citizen?

Project Citizen is a portfolio-based civic education project designed by the Center for Civic Education for middle school and high school students as well as youth groups. The goal of the program is to promote competent and responsible participation in state and local government. Project Citizen actively engages students in learning how to monitor and influence public policy and encourages civic participation among students, parents and members of the community.  



March 25 – Topic Submission Deadline. Complete the Topic Submission Form to let OCLRE know what topic(s) your students are tackling.
April 22 – Completed projects and any supporting material due to OCLRE. Video of presentations made locally, photos and written reports are all acceptable. While not required, video capturing students’ local presentations is strongly encouraged, as it is the most effective means of sharing their work “from afar.” Video presentations should not exceed 10 minutes. OCLRE recognizes that resources vary from school to school; please advise if you have questions or concerns. 

2015 Virtual Summit


Ordering textbooks

Project Citizen textbooks can be purchased at If you are interested in viewing a sample workbook, email Ryan Suskey at 


Who can use Project Citizen?

Project Citizen is flexible enough to be used in the classroom with a community support program or as an after school program. Anyone can use the program though it is formatted for students in grade 5 and up. Last year, more than 300,000 students and 5,000 teachers around the world used Project Citizen. Not only was Project Citizen used in every U.S. state, but also in Bosnia, Herzegovina, Brazil, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Ireland, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Mexico, Mongolia, Poland and Russia.


We can come to you

Unable to attend a scheduled professional development? If you have at least five interested individuals, one of whom is an OCLRE member, we can come to you! Contact for details.


Project Citizen Resources