Advice and Consent
Students explore the importance of limited government and citizen participation in their communities for the common good. Students research the local community foundation, raise funds, and learn parliamentary procedure. They explore the role of Youth Advisory Councils.
Even the person viewed as the most powerful person in the world does not have unlimited power. Constitutionally, the president of the United States is limited by the "advice and consent" rule (and other checks and balances). The learners look at the importance of limiting government and identify how the common good benefits when citizens and students participate in their communities.
Students identify and compare the different roles of the four sectors of the economy (government, business, nonprofit, and family). They identify which sector does what and observe how they approach differently the sometimes overlapping responsibilities. Students describe the work of foundations and state the purpose of an organization's mission statement.
Now familiar with how a community foundation serves the community, the learners form a Youth Advisory Committee and use parliamentary procedure to conduct business.
Students will conduct a one-day fundraiser, survey members of the community (school or local area) to determine a need, write proposals to satisfy the need, serve as a board of directors and a youth advisory committee to determine how funds will be spent, and evaluate the project.