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Youth Leadership Initiative 

The Youth Leadership Initiative at the University of Virginia Center for Politics is dedicated to increasing civic engagement by providing teachers with the best civics education materials and programs. Research shows that quality civics education programs are essential to creating lifelong citizenship and YLI programs empower students to take responsibility for our democracy.

In 1998 UVA professor and Center for Politics Director Larry J. Sabato founded the Youth Leadership Initiative to combat the apathy and cynicism that he saw in his politics students. Professor Sabato believed that by creating quality civics education programs students would be energized to accept the responsibilities of citizenship and become lifelong participants in American democracy.

Activities such as the yearly Mock Election, E-Congress, Democracy Corps, and YLI lesson plans do more than just teach about civics and government. Each program is infused with simulations and hands-on projects that connect students with the political process.

The Youth Leadership Initiative (YLI) provides everything educators need to get their students in the game absolutely FREE of charge. There is no catch.

For more information on Youth Leadership Initiative, visit our website here.

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Fight for Your Right
  • Social Studies
  • High School
The least likely group of voters is people age 18-20. This lesson seeks to change that by demonstrating to students both the power and importance of...
Mini Module #3: Voting: What is it and does it matter?
  • Social Studies
  • K-2, 3-5
This short activity is designed to introduce students to the concept of voting and its importance to American citizenship. Objective : Students will...
The Constitution Lesson Plans: Past, Present and Future
  • Social Studies
  • High School
The Youth Leadership Initiative (YLI) has created these activities and Constitution lesson plans to enhance your students' understanding of the...
Your Vote is Your Voice: 2016 National Mock Election
Now available on demand. Original air date: October 6, 2016, 3:30-4:30 p.m. EDT Available for one-hour of PD credit. Mock elections are a great way...
Presidential Election 2016: Economy and Politics
  • Social Studies
  • High School
The state of the economy during the presidential election season has a significant impact on not just the approval rating of the incumbent president...
 Primaries and Caucuses 2016
  • Social Studies
  • Middle School
The 2016 Presidential Primary season seemed longer than any other. Many presidential hopefuls officially announced their candidacy in late 2014,...
Constitution Day: Lunch with James Madison
  • Social Studies
  • High School
This twenty-six minute film features seven high school and middle school aged students sharing lunch and discussing the Constitution with President...
Constitutional Compromise Game
  • Social Studies
  • High School
The Constitution was created through discourse, debate and most importantly- compromise. This interactive board game assists students in learning key...
Referenda Fair: Hold a Constitutional Convention
  • Social Studies
  • High School
The Founding Fathers believed that the Constitution would need to be revised and reworked to meet the changing needs of the country. They would be...
Impeachment: The Indispensable Remedy?
  • Multiple Subjects
  • High School
At most jobs if you violate the terms of employment you are fired. This isn’t necessarily the case with elected officials who are voted into their...