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14 Mar 2010

National Constitution Center and Penncord to host Second Annual Civic Opportunities Fair for students

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March 14, 2010 Category: Oasis Posted by:

The National Constitution Center and the Pennsylvania Coalition for Representative Democracy (PennCORD) will host the second annual Civic Opportunities Fair for Students on Monday, March 29, 2010. The Fair will take place at the Center from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM.


The Civic Opportunities Fair is designed to show teens and young adults that there are many enriching and worthwhile ways to get involved in their communities. Cultural and service organizations from the Philadelphia area will showcase internships, part-time jobs, and volunteer opportunities for high school and college students. Karen Kaskey, CEO of PennSERV, will deliver the opening address.


Recent studies by the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) indicate that civic learning experiences at a young age lead to increased civic engagement later in life. Additionally, a recent poll taken at the Philadelphia Youth Commission’s Mayoral Forum showed that the primary concern of student participants was the threat of recreation center closings and the scarcity of part-time work during the economic downturn.


Organizations participating in the Civic Opportunities Fair include:


A Broader View

Academy of Natural Sciences

After School Activities Partnerships

Campus Compact

Champions of Caring

City Year

Common Cause

Corporation for National and Community Service

Cradles to Crayons

Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

The Franklin Institute

Galaei Project

Global Citizen

Greater Philadelphia Cares

International Visitors Council


National Constitution Center

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Greater Delaware Valley Chapter

Philadelphia Reads

Philadelphia Young Playwrights

Philadelphia Youth Commission

Philadelphia Zoo

Police Athletic League

West Philadelphia Branch YMCA

White-Williams Scholars


The Pennsylvania Coalition for Representative Democracy (PennCORD) is a unique union of educational, advocacy and governmental organizations committed to improving civic learning for students in grades K-12. PennCORD was created in 2004 in response to The Civic Mission of Schools report and is currently supported by the Annenberg Foundation. PennCORD’s goal is for every Pennsylvania school to prepare its students to understand and participate in their communities, society and government.


PennCORD supports schools across the Commonwealth in their efforts to fulfill their civic mission by offering resources and opportunities to participate in statewide and local programs. Curricular materials and training are available for Keystone Civic Programs, which effectively develop civic engagement in the schools. Founding partners in the coalition include the Pennsylvania Governor’s Office of the First Lady; the National Constitution Center ; the Pennsylvania Bar Association; and the Pennsylvania Department of Education. For more information, visit

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