Civics Learning Project is Oregon’s leader in preparing students to become active, engaged, and informed participants in our democratic society.
Young people need to develop the skills, knowledge, and attitudes that will prepare them for a life of informed, intentional participation in their communities. This is one of the foundations of public education. Shifting trends and priorities in education have put such opportunities at risk. Oregon has no mandate for testing in social studies — which includes civics and the workings of democracy.
This is why Civics Learning Project brings vital and engaging civics education programs into Oregon schools, teaching students at all grade levels the values and skills essential to participating in our democracy. Each year, our innovative, timely, practical, and fun programs and professional development opportunities involve and inspire teachers and students across Oregon.
Civics Learning Project began in 1973 as the Tri-County Law Related Education Project, dedicated to ensuring that young people in Oregon knew how to participate in the state’s distinctive model of direct democracy and be active community members. By 1976, the Oregon State Bar had created an Ad Hoc Committee on Law Related Education that partnered in this work. In 1983, Civics Learning Project was incorporated as a 501(c)3 non-profit, and founding Executive Director Marilyn Cover was hired.
Since those early days, Civics Learning Project has grown into a premiere educational organization. With thousands of partners, participants, volunteers, and donors who value and support our work, we continue to innovate and expand our reach around the state. More information can be found in this overview of our programs.