Unique in its demands as a system of governance, democracy requires active citizen leadership to be successful. Citizen leadership, in turn, requires engagement based on knowledge and action. Therefore, civic and political education is essential to the success of any democracy. This article discusses a model of applied political and civic leadership education that is based in theory, yet practical to the lives of young people. Surveys of past participants demonstrate that after the program, participants are more confident that they have the skills to become involved in politics and in community life.

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Summer 2006

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Copyright © 2006 Rapid Intellect. This article first appeared in Academic Exchange Quarterly 10, no. 2 (Summer 2006): 77-81.

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