• Help send OAV students to Springfield!

    With your help OAV students will have the opportunity to present their community engagement projects to their peers from across Illinois and their elected representatives.

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  • OAV students develop a deeper understanding of the American democratic process.

    The OAV program empowers students to appreciate the critical role citizens play in a democratic society and explore how they can work together to solve specific issues and create positive change within their communities.

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Preparing the citizens of tomorrow, today.

The Our American Voice® program connects middle-school youth to the democratic process through active community problem solving in a program that is engaging, interactive and grounded in real life. Our American Voice emphasizes critical thinking, collaboration, and problem-solving skills as participants learn the fundamentals of American democracy and work to create positive change in their communities. Via the four Core Principles, participants engage in team activities, discussions and research, and partner with community agencies and elected officials to find solutions to issues in their own backyards. Using OAV’s online resources, participants discuss issues, participate in online activities, document their work, and share their experiences with participants from other OAV sites. Participants and facilitators have opportunities to:

  • Work on community issues determined by their team
  • Create multimedia presentations
  • Develop school/community presentations
  • Interact with participants from other sites to share ideas and results

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