Each fall and spring, the Lou Frey Institute Symposium brings nationally and internationally recognized scholars, public leaders, and policy experts together to explore political and policy challenges facing the nation. High school students, whose travel is supported by the generosity of donors to The Bus Brigade, have the opportunity to join UCF students as participants in the symposium. The entire symposium is live-streamed and can be accessed from the Institute's home page during the event. Symposium presentations are archived and are available for classroom or other use on the
The Justice Sandra Day O'Connor Civics Education Act is creating a new emphasis on civic education in Florida's Schools. Congressman Lou Frey and Senator Bob Graham worked actively with others to support adoption of that legislation. Through its Florida Joint Center for Citizenship, the Institute is now working continuously to provide effective curricular materials and professional development opportunities to support Florida's teachers as they implement the Act's provisions.
The Florida Civic Leadership Academy (FCLA) is a two-year, school-based co-curricular program. It offers students opportunities to learn about Florida's state and local governments and to develop their civic leadership skills through direct community involvement. Students who successfully complete the program receive six hours of dual enrollment credit.
The Civics Connection is the result of a partnership between the Institute and the United States Association of Former Members of Congress (USAFMC). Our goal in this initiative is to capture the insight of those who have served as members of the United States Congress and to create a "living textbook" that would support the teaching of high school civics and government.
Comprised of 16 fifteen minute interviews with supporting material carefully aligned to the Advanced Placement U.S. Government and Politics curriculum. Teachers may find this material to be of use in non-AP classes as well.
An archive of live thirty minute webcasts featuring students from the Congressional Youth Leadership Council (CYLC) questioning former members of Congress on a wide variety of topics.