A veteran San Diego, California, attorney, Terry Chucas has practiced law for over two decades. Currently focused on dependency appeals and serving on the dependency appellate panel for district courts in California, Terry Chucas is a member of the San Diego County Bar Association (SDCBA). The SDCBA recently launched the Student Civics Engagement Academy to bring civics education to high school seniors in the community.
Civic education helps children learn the skills needed to succeed in today’s work environment. It empowers young adults in areas such as communication, critical thinking, collaboration, problem-solving, creativity, and entrepreneurship. However, as many school districts in California are phasing out civics from their K-12 curriculum, many young people graduate high school without learning civics.
SDCBA’s Student Civics Engagement Academy seeks to ensure high school seniors graduate with a strong understanding and appreciation of civics. The pilot initiative will admit 20-30 high school seniors who will be taught the role of civics and its applications through examples drawn from the surrounding community. Individual modules will be taught by business leaders, judges, attorneys, civics teachers, and conflict resolution professionals.
Through the training, SDCBA hopes teenagers will gain a better understanding of the democratic process, the operations of both national and state governments, their individual human rights and liberties, and their civic duties to vote and participate in discussions on policy making.