App Launched To Boost Student Interest in Congress
The Student Governmental Affairs
Program (SGAP), which provides high school
government teachers with materials about current events, is launching a
app for students.
a nonprofit arm of National Write
Your Congressman, which gives teachers
free, nonpartisan classroom materials on issues and bills that the United States
Congress is considering. Among the materials it provides are a monthly
newsletter that students can discuss in class, information that teachers
use to stimulate further discussion and a polling process they can use
their students' positions on issues in relation to others in the
app, which will be downloadable from either the Apple App Store or
Play Store, will feature:
board that the 200,000 students across the country involved with the
use to engage in conversation with each other on political issues;
tool that will give students both information about the political
of their elected representatives as well as a way to communicate with
Achievements feature that will give students points for completing
writing to members of Congress or local elected officials, taking
participating in online discussions or attending meetings of local
councils or state legislatures.
will also allow teachers to track students' activities on the app and
potentially reward them for civic participation.
president and co-founder of SGAP, said, "We believe the app will elevate
the student experience by encouraging them to connect with other SGAP
learn more about the political process and make a difference in their
Michael Hart is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer and the former executive editor of THE Journal.