Center on Congress at Indiana University Spearheads Nationwide Distribution of TIME for Students


Center on Congress at Indiana University Spearheads Nationwide Distribution of TIME for Students, To Encourage High Schoolers to become Civically Involved

850,000 copies of magazine going out to 17,000 U.S. civics teachers to spark classroom discussion and spur civic participation


BLOOMINGTON, Ind., Sept. 23, 2004 — Aiming to spur students' interest in our democratic system of government, the Center on Congress at Indiana University, in conjunction with the editors of TIME Classroom and the National Conference of State Legislatures, has released Your Ideas Count, an eight–page magazine that highlights the many ways young people can take an active role in American politics.

850,000 copies of the magazine are being sent to 17,000 high school civics teachers across the country for distribution and discussion in their classes. The magazine is also available on the Web at: 

“It is vital that we bring young people into our nation's political life,” said Lee H. Hamilton, Director of the Center on Congress at Indiana University. “Your Ideas Count helps young people understand the important role that government plays in their lives, and it explains how they can have an impact on government decisions, even before they are old enough to vote. By making their voices heard, young people can make our democracy work better.”

The SBC Foundation is the philanthropic arm of SBC Communications Inc. The grant amount is $92,625.

Accompanying the magazine is a teacher's guide that includes a survey to gauge students' attitudes about whether politicians are trustworthy and our system of representative democracy is responsive.

“We hope that Your Ideas Count will generate lively debate among students in the classroom, and that they will carry their ideas and opinions home with them, stimulating interest in politics among adults,” said Hamilton.

The publication of the Your Ideas Count magazine for high schoolers is the latest component of the Center on Congress' outreach to young people. Earlier, the Center and the National Conference of State Legislatures teamed with TIME to produce a TIME for Kids magazine for 2nd and 3rd graders, and another for middle schoolers, explaining how government works and why citizen input is important.

These efforts to inform and engage young people are part of the Center's extensive program of civic education activities directed at youth and adults, which include books and other print publications; Web–based, interactive e–learning modules; newspaper and radio commentaries; video and television in the classroom resources; survey research; and lecture series, conferences and awards.