Real Civics provides high school and college students with opportunities to fully participate at each level of the American political and electoral system — local, state, and national.
With a focus on civic discourse and deliberation, students are connected with the candidates, events, and organizations that align most with their personal values. Then, as a whole group — students share their field experiences and build personal bonds that transcend parties and policy issues.
TX Emerging Leaders Tours at the State Legislature — Winter/Spring 2019
In a joint program of Real Civics and TX College Tours — TX high school student leaders are invited to apply for a very special TX Emerging Leaders Tour.
A concurrent program will be offered for student journalists. In addition to features listed below, they will meet with the Communications/Journalism departments on each campus. Prior to the trip, each student will be matched with a hometown media outlet to plan an assignment for his/her visit to the legislature.
With more details soon to be announced, the tour includes:
A Day at the Texas Legislature: Your whirlwind day at the State Capitol will include: committee hearings, meetings with legislators and their staff, a meeting with a statewide official, and more!
Tour Central TX Colleges — In addition to UT Austin & Texas A&M , the campus tours will depend upon the departure city. Everyone, however, will be able to add other the Austin area colleges. In all, you will have a minimum of four comprehensive campus visits. The campus visits are especially designed for students with strong academic and leadership records. Special scholarships and programs for exceptional students will be discussed.
Meet with Student Body Officers &/or SGA Members — Learn about student leadership opportunities at the college level. Student Government Associations work more closely with university administrators than you might imagine!
TX Emerging Leaders Tours & TribFest - September 2019
For this TX Emerging Leaders Tour, we are partnering with civic educators across Texas to provide high school students the incredible opportunity to interface with some of our nation's most significant leaders, journalists, and thinkers at the annual Tribune Festival in Austin.
In addition to attending the TribFest, students will tour Central TX colleges and universities. At each campus, they will have the opportunity to meet with student body officers and learn more about leadership opportunities in Student Government Associations.
A concurrent program will be offered for student journalists. In addition to an introduction to SGAs, they will meet with the Communications/Journalism departments on each campus. During August, they will be matched with a hometown media outlet to plan an internship —field reporting from the TribFest.
2020: Iowa Caucus & New Hampshire Primary
Currently, we are planning for the 2020 Iowa Caucus and New Hampshire Primary. In addition to embedding students into presidential campaigns, this cycle we will also have a Media Bus for high school journalists in both states. They will be able to file their stories for hometown media outlets on the bus between stops on the campaign trail.
OUR INAUGURAL EVENT
2016: New Hampshire Primary
During the last week of the 2016 New Hampshire Primary, Real Civics embedded high school & college students from across the nation into the presidential campaign of their choice. In addition to interning, they attended events for all major candidates and Election Night Party of their choice.
Let’s just say: it was a once-in-a-lifetime blast!
Send us an email — firstname.lastname@example.org — if you are interested in 2020 Iowa or 2020 New Hampshire!
Please note: Real Civics does not promote one party, candidate, or issue above another. We fully support a student’s right to select the candidate and party that best represents her/his beliefs.
Despite our founding fathers’ wishes, the party system has become central to the American political system. Therefore, it is impossible to teach electoral politics without engaging with political parties.