Speaking Out Station
RU Ready Civics Fair Station Speaking Out
For this station, learn more about getting vocal and use the materials to create your own Speaking Out Station in your civics fair. Looking for templates for other stations? Click the link below!Civics Fair Home
Speaking Out: The Basics
The Speaking Out Station, also known as expressive engagement, provides students with the skills to express their opinions in hopes of influencing the actions of their elected officials and ultimately government.
Learning the skills of speaking out is an important type of engagement because elected officials represent the interests of voters and by speaking out, people can influence their decisions. Participating in a protest, contacting an elected official, and signing a petition are all examples of Speaking Out.
The Speaking Out Station provides opportunities to learn more about the following topics:
- Contacting Your Elected Officials
- Starting a Petition
- Social Media and Advocacy
Contacting Your Elected Official
Contacting Your Elected Official templates allow students to learn ways to reach out to elected officials and how to share their opinion.
Download templates for sending messages to elected officials.
Starting a Petition
Starting a Petition templates focus on practicing launching a petition to advocate for an issue you care about.
Download templates for creating a mock petition.
- Before Starting a Petition Worksheet Template
- Writing a Petition Worksheet Template
- Using Your Petition Guide
Downloadable social media video on starting a petition
Using the Internet for Advocacy
Social Media and Advocacy templates focus on practicing how to influence officeholders via social media platforms.
Download templates for creating a mock social media advocacy campaign.
Speaking Out Role Models
We believe that representation is important, and seeing young leaders making a difference can inspire students to do the same. See role models of young adults who’ve spoken out on issues in their community, and around the country.