Our American Voices
Our American Voice (OAV) is a civics program created by the Barat Education Foundation that helps to support middle school students in the belief that citizenship is a way of life. The two-part OAV program empowers students to appreciate the critical role citizens play in a democratic society and explore how they can work together to solve specific issues and create positive change within their communities.
Solomon has participated in OAV for the last two years. Year one students chose to promote The Golden Rule by teaching lessons that they created across grades, writing and delivering PSAs. Students created a mural and celebrated their work during a school wide assembly. Year two students worked on informing others on the importance of the Census. Students conducted research, created posters, flyers, PSAs and bulletin boards. It is through understanding how policy is made and active citizenship that real change happens.