Youth Civic Engagement Program

Program Highlights | Eligibility | Dates & Location | Testimonials

The Youth Civic Engagement program is a free weeklong hybrid program that teaches students how to empower themselves and others to become catalysts for positive social change through civic education and advocacy. Students will engage with faculty, staff, law students, attorneys, and judges in the local community. 

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Program Highlights

Civic Engagement

Students will learn how to be advocates in their communities by understanding civil discourse strategies from Stetson Law professors. Courtroom visits and learning the general structure of the United States government will give students a first-hand experience in the civil process.

Social Justice Advocacy

Workshops in social justice advocacy teach students about their rights and a brief history of activism. Current law students provide mentorship by teaching students how to dissect real cases and craft their arguments.

Youth Leadership

Students learn goal-setting strategies to personally advocate for themselves and their communities. Presentations explore how youth have historically shaped civil rights movements. Guest speakers will share their experiences as youth leaders.

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Students in the Pinellas County, Florida area who are aged 15-17 are eligible. Those who identify as underrepresented due to race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic status, and other underrepresented identities are encouraged to apply.

Dates and Location

This program will be held from July 17 to July 22, 2023 through Zoom with one in-person field trip from 10:00 am-3:00 pm. This program is free for all of the selected participants.

Please submit the 2023 Participant Application below by June 16, 2023.

The applicants selected for the program and their parents/guardians will be notified directly via email. We will require a Consent Form signed by their parent/guardian to confirm their participation. 

Please email [email protected] if you have any questions.

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“Being in court with attorneys. It gave me more of a hands-on experience and they all were so nice. It was amazing to see that there were amazing attorneys who were people of color in my community.”

“Having open discussions and learning in a safe and welcoming environment is very important to me and this program did it exceptionally well. The topics we discussed were very interesting and the professors did a great job keeping me engaged!”

“When we got to do the case study and talk with college students. I enjoyed this part because it was very interactive, and we got to see what college law students prepare for, and then do later in their classes.”