Be an Active Citizen!

Are you ready to make a difference in your community? Are you old enough to vote? Get ready to become an active citizen by learning more about how our government, courts, and economy function.

The Web site, iCivics, was inspired by the vision of Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. She was the first woman justice on the U.S. Supreme Court. President Ronald Reagan nominated her to serve on the Supreme Court in 1981. Justice O’Connor served until her retirement in 2006.

Since her retirement, Justice O’Connor has worked to help young people learn more about civic affairs in the United States.

Dig Deeper

Blog about it! Why does civic participation matter? In what ways do individuals make significant contributions to their communities?

Explore the iCivics Web site to learn more about what it means to be an active citizen.

Research to find primary sources that describe the role of citizens or the importance of civic participation.

Next, use the Internet to search for people who reflect the traits of an active citizen.

Begin your research by reading an online news magazine or major news Web site. Look for stories that feature people who serve in a government role or as community organizers or volunteers.

Select a person from a story that interests you, and then see if you can learn more about that person’s background, education, or career.

Finally, create a blog that highlights the work of the person you researched, as well as other active citizens that you admire. Use your blog to inspire other young people to value civic participation or share ideas about how you and your friends can make a difference in your community.