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Volunteer with We the People competition

Monday, December 17th, 2012

The Center for the Constitution at James Madison’s Montpelier is looking for volunteers to help with the 2013 Virginia We the People competition. Sponsored by the Center for Civic Education, “We the People” is a national program for middle and high school students to compete in simulated congressional hearings about Constitutional issues.

Here is more information from the Center for the Constitution:

As you may recall, the We the People competition takes the format of a simulated congressional hearing, which involves middle and high school classes presenting testimony and answering questions about historical, political, and constitutional issues before a panel of three judges acting as a congressional committee. To make the competitions a success, we need judges, timers, and facilitators for four regional competitions and two state finals.

About the District Finals in January:
All We the People teams must compete at the congressional District Finals in January to earn a spot at the State Finals. Breakfast and lunch will be provided for volunteers at these one-day competitions. The Center will provide volunteer trainings the morning of each competition.

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District Finals Dates: Qualifying Round for State Finals
Time Commitment: Approximately 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Thursday, January 10: Lynchburg – James River Conference Center (Districts 5, 6, and 9)
Saturday, January 12: Virginia Beach – Lynnhaven Middle School (District 2)
Wednesday, January 16: Glen Allen – The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen (Districts 3, 4, and 7)
Thursday, January 19: Alexandria – Browne Academy (Districts 1, 8, 10, and 11)

About the State Finals on February 14-16, 2013:
The Center for the Constitution is very excited to host the State Finals in Colonial Williamsburg at the Woodlands Hotel & Suites. Discounted prices to tour Colonial Williamsburg will be offered to volunteers.

The Center will cover almost all meals for the volunteers (dinner on Friday, Febrary 15 is on your own) and overnight accommodations the night before the competition(s) for volunteers living outside the Williamsburg area. Finally, the Center invites all volunteers to a special reception and dinner on Thursday evening, February 14, beginning at 6:45 p.m. In addition, the Center will hold a volunteer training on Thursday, February 14 at 5:45 p.m.

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State Finals Dates:

Thursday, February 14: 5:45 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Volunteer Training, Reception, and Dinner at the Woodlands Hotel & Suites in Williamsburg. Dinner will be held at a Colonial Williamsburg Tavern.

Friday, February 15: 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Virginia We the People High School State Finals
Woodlands Hotel & Suites, Williamsburg

Saturday, February 16: 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Virginia We the People Middle School State Finals
Woodlands Hotel & Suites, Williamsburg

To learn more about volunteering for the Virginia We the People competitions, click here–and to learn more about how you can help with We the People in your state, head over to the Center for Civic Education.