APS Civic
Education Initiative

APS Civic Education Initiative

The APS Civics Education Initiative Student Initiative takes the APS mission into schools and partnerships with teachers, students and administrators at both the high school and college level. The initiative includes a custom-developed high school curriculum focused on learning about misinformation, disinformation, and bias, and college-level internship opportunities that enable students to produce compelling and relevant programs on significant and difficult issues in our community.

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

High School

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.

Ashlyn Steller

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.

Tatyana Turner

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.

Timothy Tasler

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!

Past Student Programs