During the second semester, students will work collaboratively on a project geared toward civic involvement. Students can choose from the following options: Mock Trial, Project Citizen, or Youth for Justice. Programs work directly with OCLRE (Ohio Center for Law Related Education) or modeled from their structure.
OCLRE Middle School Mock Trial cases are constructed from books commonly read in the middle grades. The 2019 State Showcase Piece was State of Mississippi v. TJ Avery, based on Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor. The 2020 case will be announced soon. Students learn first-hand about the law, court procedures, and the judicial system while also working collaboratively to develop arguments and strategies. Mock Trial application process will occur in December 2019. In April 2020, Genoa will send a team (or teams) of 8th graders to the statewide competition, Middle School Mock Trial Showcase held in the chambers of Ohio's Supreme Court. Due to a limited number of spaces, an application process will be used to select Mock Trial participants.
The goal of the program is to promote student participation in state and local government. Project Citizen actively engages students to work cooperatively to identify a public policy problem in their community. They then research the problem, evaluate alternative solutions, develop their own solution in the form of a public policy, and create a political action plan to enlist local or state authorities to adopt their proposed policy.
Youth for Justice
Youth for Justice is a student-led program designed to empower youth to be actively engaged citizens who work together to make a positive difference in their community. The program allows students to identify an injustice, intolerance or problem relevant to their local community, and then develop a plan of action and work together to remedy the injustice.