American Civics Center


Our Partners in Civics, History and Leadership Programs

In addition to working with middle and high schools from across the United States, we partner with educational, nonprofit and governmental organizations to conduct civics, history and leadership programs for students, teachers and senior citizens from around the world. We work with educators within these organizations to design and execute programs that meet the specific needs of their participants.

American Councils For International Education (ACTR – ACCELS)

American Councils for International EducationUnder a grant from the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the American Civics Center conducts the civic education workshop week of the Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) program in cooperation withAmerican Councils. Founded in 1974, American Councils believes in the fundamental role of education in fostering positive change for individuals, institutions and societies. FLEX was established in 1992 as the centerpiece of the NIS Secondary School Initiative with FREEDOM Support Act funding. FLEX’s goals are to provide an opportunity for high school students from the countries of the former Soviet Union to experience life in a democratic society in order to promote democratic values and institutions in Eurasia. During the week-long civics workshop, participants gain a greater understanding and appreciation of concepts such as civic responsibility, citizen empowerment, volunteerism, and community action.

Council on International Education Exchange (CIEE)

Council on International Education ExchangeUnder a grant from the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the American Civics Center conducts the Washington DC civic education component of the Congress Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX)program for participants enrolled under the auspices of CIEE. A leading non-governmental and international education organization, CIEE creates and administers programs that allow high school and university students and educators to study and teach abroad. CBYX was inaugurated in 1983 when the U.S. Congress and the German Bundestag passed authorization legislation. Since then, almost 17,000 American and German young people have participated. CBYX is designed to strengthen ties between the younger generations of both countries. In addition to improving their career skills through formal study and work experience, participants expand their perspectives and awareness of each other’s culture, society, history and politics. While in Washington, students meet with their host state’s congressional delegation and participate in study visits throughout the city.

Road Scholar (Washington DC Programs)

Road ScholarElderhostel is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing extraordinary learning adventures for people 55 and over through its Road Scholar programs. Whether participants want to stay close to home or venture around the world, Elderhostel has Road Scholar programs that meet their interests, activity level, budget, schedule and lifestyle. More than 150,000 people attend Road Scholar programs every year. The American Civics Center offers six different programs in Washington, DC designed to connect Road Scholar program participants with American history and government.