APS Civic Education Initiative
Through this work, we communicate and reinforce the message that being capable of having fact-based, civil conversations with people who see issues differently is a worthwhile, and in fact, critical skill that forms the basis for our democracy.
The APS Civility Tool Kit, used at all APS programs and in the APS college and high school curriculum, was created to cultivate civil conversations among panelists and community members alike.
Click here for more information on the 2021-22 Civics Education Initiative
At the High School level, we offer a custom-created learning series called “Reimagine the Square,” taught in the Fall at participating schools across the Kansas City community. What students learn in the Fall semester is then applied to a project-based learning (PBL) experience in the Spring semester, which gives all participating students the opportunity to work together to build their own APS style program.
A special thanks goes to our 2022-23 participating high schools:
Belton Highschool, University Academy, Olathe North Highschool, Shawnee Mission North Highschool, Lee’s Summit West Highschool
The College Level of our Student Initiative can be segmented into two opportunities:
Interns & Student Planning Committee
APS collegiate interns participate in and oversee the APS Student Committee, with support from the APS Civics Education Associate. Students work together to increase civic engagement throughout their student body by hosting events and offering their peers opportunities to convene and discuss pressing local, regional and national issues.
Summer interns partner with APS staff in hands-on work that spans a number of aspects of organizational operations, including marketing, program planning, development, and more.
APS Fall Intern: Ashlyn Steller
Ashlyn is a junior at William Jewell College pursuing a double major in Nonprofit Leadership and Spanish. She is passionate about fostering communities of people in Kansas City that can work together for the betterment of KC, and she is invested in pursuing the APS mission to promote civil discourse, while also encouraging outside-the-box problem solving.
APS Fall Intern: Tatyana Turner
Tatyana is a Sophomore at William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri. She is from the city of brotherly love, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and is majoring in Political Science with minors in Communication and Philosophy with a concentration in pre-law. She is also on the women’s wrestling team at William Jewell.
APS Fall Intern: Timothy Tasler
Timothy Tasler is currently a Senior at Park Hill South. He is involved in their Young Democrats and Young Republican clubs and is the president of the Park Hill South debate team. After high school he plans to study economics and political science. In his free time, he enjoys running, playing tennis, and playing piano. Timothy is very excited to join the team at APS!
Recently, we asked Timmy about his unusual involvement in both the Young Democrats and Young Republicans groups. He said, that originally he was a member of only Young Democrats but, had a friend invite him to attend a meeting of the Young Republicans. “I was a fan of the teacher who runs Young Republicans so I went and was rather intrigued. I found the new opinions and views of the Young Republicans to be refreshing and stimulating rather than alienating, and I enjoyed comparing each group’s perspectives against one another’s. Being able to hear and consider divergent ideas gave me a deeper understanding of each side and helped sort out and round out my own political ideology. “ And with that, we think Timmy will not only be a great addition to the APS team, but an inspiration to all of us!