CIVIX programming focuses on the themes of elections, government budgets, elected representatives and digital media literacy.

Student Vote

Student Vote uses an election as a teachable moment and enables teachers to bring democracy alive in the classroom. The activities are intended to inform students about government and the electoral process, encourage research into the choices, and foster discussion among students and their families. On Student Vote Day, students cast ballots for the official candidates running in their school’s electoral district. The results are shared publicly after the general election.

Budget Consultation

The Budget Consultation is a unique program that combines civic education and financial literacy. Students learn about the process of budgeting, examine the government’s revenues and expenditures, and explore current issues facing the country and different political perspectives. In the culminating activity, youth offer their own opinions on the priorities of the upcoming federal budget. The results are shared with the Department of Finance and all federal political parties.

Rep Day

Rep Day connects students with their elected representatives for a virtual or in-person meeting. Rep Day aims to break down negative stereotypes that young people have of politicians and the political process, and help them develop a better understanding of and sense of trust in the people and institutions within our democracy. Students are invited to share their concerns and engage in discussion about current issues.

CTRL-F

The CTRL-F verification skills module provides quick strategies students can use to investigate and evaluate information. With the rapid rise in false and misleading information online, the ability to discern what is reliable has become a fundamental life skill. CTRL-F supports informed citizenship by helping students learn contemporary digital information literacy skills purpose-built for the modern web.

Democracy Bootcamp

Democracy Bootcamp is a professional development conference for teachers designed to improve their democratic engagement and delivery of CIVIX programming. By sharing an insider’s look at campaigns, exploring research and trends, and introducing new tools, Democracy Bootcamp enhances teachers’ capacity and commitment to civic education.

CoDECo

The CoDECo project aims to transform political awareness and engagement among Colombian civil society through civic education and strengthened resilience to politically motivated disinformation campaigns which threaten democratic processes, specifically elections. The project will develop quality gender-responsive civic education and media literacy tools and programming (Voto Estudiantil, CTRL-F, Liderab, Marea Púrpura, Joven Elige Joven) for delivery through the formal education system (grades 6-11). The programming will be strategically linked to the 2021 Youth Council Elections, the 2022 presidential elections, and the 2023 municipal elections. The project is designed to assess the reach of its impact beyond the school to students’ families and social circles and will foster relationships between students, elected representatives and public servants.