Recommended Activities

WIDL Civic Engagement Internship

We are pleased to announce the Civic Engagement Internship for the WIDL. High school students in elite level classes are allowed to apply for the program. Those accepted into the program will become part of the WIDL Civic Engagement Program under the direction of Sam Martineau and Kaelin Hirschi (from the WIDL Executive Board). In this program students will meet regularly, receive training, create an agenda, and then pursue that agenda primarily targeted at an international level. We will aim at attending UN conferences and other forums to pursue our agenda. We hope to be able to go to New York to pursue our agenda (but that will depend on how many conferences are held in person). However, if we determine that other forums would be more appropriate, we will pursue those.

 

This is a new program for the WIDL, so those involved will be trailblazing a program we hope to see serving students for many years in the future. We anticipate accepting 10-15 students. More details will be given in class. If you have specific questions, you may ask in class or email Sam Martineau (sambmartineau@gmail.com) or Kaelin Hirschi (khirschi2000@gmail.com).  If you are interested, you can apply below.

Speech Contests

The American Legion Constitution Speech Contest

​The American Legion Oratorical Contest exists to develop deeper knowledge and appreciation for the U.S. Constitution among high school students. Since 1938, the program has presented participants with an academic speaking challenge that teaches important leadership qualities, the history of our nation’s laws, the ability to think and speak clearly, and an understanding of the duties, responsibilities, rights and privileges of American citizenship. Students compete on the local and national level for scholarship money.

Get more information here: https://www.legion.org/oratorical/about

Freedom Festival at Provo Essay Contest

Each year the Freedom Festival Essay Contest gives rise to expressions of patriotism from students in K-12th grades throughout the nation. Each year has a different theme.  Students may choose to write about the theme including its purposes and applications that may include its history, adoption, and recognition of significant individuals involved. Or they may write on any concept or specific freedoms, current or historical situations and court cases as they relate to the theme.

Deadline is in February.

More information at: https://www.freedomfestival.org/event/essay-contest/

Freedom Festival at Provo Speech Contest

Students submit an online video of themselves giving a 5 minute special occasion oratory. Six finalists will be chosen to present their speeches and compete for monetary prizes and the chance to speak at the Patriotic Service at a location TBD.

Students may choose to speak about the theme including its purposes and applications that may include its history, adoption, and recognition of significant individuals involved. Or they may write on any concept or specific freedoms, current or historical situations and court cases as they relate to the theme.

Submissions are due in March.  

Visit www.freedomfestival.org for more details.

Mock Trial

The Utah Mock Trial competition was established in 1980 to teach students their rights and responsibilities as citizens. Each year, volunteer attorneys write or adapt a legal case involving issues of interest to youth. A handbook containing established facts, signed affidavits, and other legal information regarding the case, along with the rules and information related to the tournament, is provided for all participants. Team members play roles of witnesses, attorneys, clerks, and bailiffs in courtrooms throughout the state.

The Mock Trial Competition is open to all public and private secondary schools in Utah. Each year, more than 1,000 students, 80 teachers, 350 attorneys, and 100 community representatives participate in over 110 mock trials statewide. The high school championship team participates in the national mock trial competition.

Form teams in the fall and register by early December.  The case comes out in early January and competition is in February and March.

Get more information here: https://www.lawrelatededucation.org/programs/mock-trials

Civic Engagement

Girls Lobby

Want to make a difference in your community? Register for Girls Lobby's 2020 Legislative Program! We are a non-partisan organization that sets high school girls up with NGOs to lobby your legislators so that you can make real change about issues that YOU care about. During this 8-week program, you will learn to track bills, testify at hearings on the Hill, and write opinion editorials on everything and anything, from women's health to the impeachment hearings to the environment. 

 

Visit girlslobby.org for more information on our program, how to register, and to meet our team. 

 

Take power, give back!

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Camps

Boys State/ Girls State

We wanted to make you aware of a summer opportunity outside the league that some of our students have enjoyed. The American Legion Boys and Girls State programs are summer youth camps designed to develop leadership and promote civic responsibility. Applications are open now to students who are currently in their Junior year of high school. It is a week-long simulation where attendees will have the chance to Launch campaigns and run for office, draft and debate legislation, make friends with students from other parts of the state, earn University credit hours and elect student senators to represent the state at Boys and Girls Nation in Washington, D.C. Students from our league have been to D.C. to represent Utah for the past couple of years and they have loved it. If you are interested in this opportunity you can click to get information about boys' state and girls state. If you have any questions, follow those links or shoot an email to one of our resident boys' state experts, Noah Horlacher (noahhorlacher42@gmail.com).