Barat Education Foundation (BEF) and Constitutional Rights Foundation, Los Angeles (CRF) are engaged in a joint venture to pilot, in Los Angeles and in Illinois, Civic Learning and Engagement Communities (CLEC) across the United States. A CLEC is a comprehensive civic intervention within a targeted community of need with three overreaching goals: empower students in the schools in the community to be civic leaders and change agents; utilize the schools as the pivot points for generating change within the community; and revitalize those communities through collaborative student, school, business and community leader civic action & activities.
The core of the intervention is school-based civic learning and engagement continuum from 4th grade through high school. This continuum is extended and supported through a constellation of significant stakeholders in the community. To learn more as this venture unfolds, visit our blog, Citizen-U.