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Write Your Member of Congress

Through SGAP’s parent company, National Write Your Congressman, you can use the Constituent Opinion Ballot to write your members of congress about key legislation underway. NWYC provides small businesses with nonpartisan information and research on top issues and pending legislation in Congress.

America’s Legacy Book

The Foundation of Freedom

Written for middle and high school students, the new “America’s Legacy” book focuses on the text and history of the United States’ Founding Documents, including the Constitution, Bill of Rights and Declaration of Independence. Additional sections cover the elements of citizenship (how to be a good American citizen); the three branches of government and separation of powers; and excerpts from great American speeches. Interesting “Freedom Facts” and SGAP infographics are included throughout the book.

About Us

Established by National Write Your Congressman in 1992, the Student Governmental Affairs Program is a national nonprofit organization headquartered near Dallas, Texas. SGAP brings U.S. government and civics to life through a monthly newsletter that educates K-12 students about current legislation in Congress, presents pro/con perspectives from both sides of the aisle, and asks them to vote on the issues. SGAP supplements classroom instruction with nonpartisan educational materials that teach responsible citizenship through active participation. SGAP’s civics educational program is received by students in all 50 states and D.C., with about four million students having participated since its inception.

In 2019, SGAP received an Honorable Mention in the National Category for the American Civic Collaboration Awards (“Civvys”). Developed by the Bridge Alliance Education FundBig Tent Nation, and the National Conference on Citizenship in 2017, the Civvys Awards are among the most high-profile and visible aspects of the civic renewal movement.

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Featured SGAP Infographics

This image shows the nationwide student voting results from the SGAP student program for the 2021 topics.

2023 Student Voting Results

This image shows the nationwide student voting results from the SGAP student program for the 2021 topics.

2022 SGAP Year in Review

2023 SGAP Year in Review

2022 Impact Survey Results

2023 Impact Survey Results

2022 Student Voting Results

This image shows the nationwide student voting results from the SGAP student program for the 2021 topics.

Presidential Demographics in the 21st Century Infographic

Divided Politics in America Infographic

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“Thank you for this program. It is very helpful for AP Government and Economics Honors and Standard levels. Once I get them hooked, the students ask when is the next one coming?”

Educator in Sanford, FL

“I give the America’s Legacy books to each of my AP Government students as a reward for taking and completing the class. It is something that students have come back years later showing me their copy explaining how helpful it was in their college classes.”

Educator in Prosper, TX

“One of our main goals at DISD is to build civic literacy among our students and build good citizens. Your program teaches them critical thinking, civil discourse, and other skills they will need after they graduate. SGAP is an extension of the social studies standards and provides great information.”

Social Studies Instructional Coordinator, Dallas Independent School District

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Ideas for Teachers for March 2024

Ideas for Teachers for March 2024

Issue 2: Social Media Safety

  1. In your own experience with social media, have you encountered rude or abusive behavior from others? What do you think is a good solution to this problem?
  2. Should the social media platform itself be responsible for the behavior and comments of users? Why or why not?
  3. Do you believe Section 230’s protections for big tech companies need to be revised? If so, what changes would you make?
  4. Do social media networks cause more harm than good? Why or why not?
  5. How does the Bill of Rights’ First Amendment protect free speech in the U.S.?
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SGAP Newsletter for March 2024 (Social Media Safety + Daylight Saving Time)

SGAP Newsletter for March 2024 (Social Media Safety + Daylight Saving Time)

Senate Passes National Security Package, but Prospects Look ‘Iffy’ in House
ON FEB. 13, senators passed a national security package to provide military aid to Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan. The foreign-aid measure includes $95.3 billion in funding, down from the original $118.3 billion which included funds and policy provisions to secure the southern border. The so-called “Plan B” bill was supported by the White House.

Many Republicans opposed the motion, saying they wanted border measures added back into the bill.

“We should lock in an effort to make the border better,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC). “I think this is a really bad idea. You’re actually losing votes for Ukraine here. Some people believe that the border hasn’t been adequately addressed. I agree.”

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Ideas for Teachers for February 2024

Ideas for Teachers for February 2024

Issue 1: Whole Milk

  1. Regulations limiting milk options for schools surfaced under the Obama administration, when former First Lady Michelle Obama championed the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. Are programs like these examples of government overreach? Why or why not?
  2. If you had the option to buy whole or 2% milk (flavored or unflavored) for your school lunches, would you drink milk more? If so, what advantages and/or disadvantages would that bring?
  3. What weight should be given to the opinions of nutrition experts, parents, and even children when determining what food is served in schools?
  4. By limiting children’s lunch options to only fat-free or low-fat milk, is the government actually discouraging kids from drinking milk?
  5. If the “Whole Milk for Healthy Kids Act” is passed by Congress, can you think of any negative consequences that might occur? Would the potential negative consequences outweigh the benefits?
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