“Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely. The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is education.” President Franklin D. Roosevelt

San Diego is part of a larger statewide effort that originated with our California Supreme Court Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye and California Department of Education of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson which examined civic learning by forming the California Task Force on K-12 Civic Learning. This task force provided the blue print for action which provides recommendations on improving civic learning opportunities in all grade levels. The Power of Democracy Steering Committee has now replaced the Task Force, which is the statewide effort of which San Diego is one of the participating counties dedicated to working with educators and the community in providing civics learning opportunities using the six pillars of success.

Featured Opportunity: Law Week Poster and Video Contest

The San Diego County Bar Association will be celebrating Law Week 2020 with the theme Our Vote, Your Voice, Our Democracy-The 19th Amendment at 100.

Create a poster or video that relates to the theme, “Our Vote, Your Voice, Our Democracy.” All entries will be evaluated by judges, attorneys, law students and, members of the legal community based on originality, creativity and impact.


Posters and videos are due on April 4th at noon. 

Poster Contest Rules:

  • The poster contest is open to San Diego County students in the following categories:
  • K-5, 6-8 and 9-12
  • Prizes will be awarded in each grade category as follows:
    • 1st Place: $300
    • 2nd Place: $200
    • 3rd Place: $100
  • Pizza party for the 1st place class
  • Posters must be 22” x 22”. no other sizes will be accepted into the contest.
  • Please do not use foam core or added embellishments such as beads, rocks, etc.
  • All entries must be original artwork and not made with newspaper or magazine photos.
  • Posters must have the following info on the reverse side:
    • Student name, age, home address, home phone or cell; and
    • School name, teacher’s name & grade level.

Video Contest Rules:

  • The video contest is open to San Diego County students in the following grade categories:
  • 6-8 and 9-12.
  • Prizes will be awarded in each category as follows:
    • 1st Place: $300
    • 2nd Place: $200
    • 3rd Place: $100

Featured Resource: iCivics

iCivics provides free, quality, non-partisan, and truly engaging civic education to more than 5 million students in all 50 states. Games and lesson plans transform abstract concepts into real-life problems. Young people learn how government works by experiencing it. They step into the role of a judge, a member of Congress, a community activist, even the President of the United States – and do the job they do. Students gain civic knowledge and skills because the learning experience is fun and challenging. They learn without even realizing it.

Students from the Encinitas Union School District illustrate why it is critical to  “Understand Your Rights!”