1101 Market Street, 11th Floor Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone: 215-238-6300 Fax: 215-238-1267 www.philadelphiabar.org
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Philadelphia Bar Association
Why civics education?
An understanding of civics, legal systems and civic participation is vital to the success of future generations. A.C.E. brings civics to life for
Philadelphia high school students. This effort will complement the hard work of teachers and principals to create a bridge from middle school to high school that focuses upon each citizen's rights and responsibilities within our community, our Commonwealth and our rapidly changing world.
What can I do?
Volunteer to join a team! You will have ample opportunity to touch the lives of students while enriching your own citizenship.
Attorneys can now register online for this program here.
What can volunteer lawyers & judges expect?
Following a training in the summertime and background checks, volunteers will visit the same class once a month over the course of the school year. Using a simple, engaging civics curriculum woven into the ninth-grade world history course, small teams of volunteer lawyers and judges will build strong relationships with students as they encourage youth to reflect upon the vital role citizens play within our legal system. The time commitment required (training sessions, 9 to 10-hour long teaching sessions, and preparation time) is minimal when weighed against the impact that a volunteer can have as a mentor, teacher and community leader in the A.C.E. program.
The Philadelphia Bar Association's Ad Hoc Committee for Public School Education is partnering with administrators from the School District of Philadelphia to develop an appropriate program curriculum and bring A.C.E. into ninth-grade classrooms.
For more information about the A.C.E., including a list of Frequently Asked Questions, check the Bar Association's Public School Education Committee Web page.