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January 24, 2019
Contact: Amy Starnes
Public Information Director, State Bar of Texas
(800) 204-2222, ext. 1706, or (512) 427-1706

TYLA launches project to teach and inspire young people about
the rights and responsibilities of being a U.S. citizen

AUSTIN — As its signature public service project of 2018-19, the Texas Young Lawyers Association has designed an educational and inspirational video project to teach young people about the rights and freedoms they enjoy as American citizens.

Proud to Be an American will debut in February and consist of two videos and accompanying materials that focus on educating kindergarten through 12th grade students about their rights and responsibilities.

One video, geared toward middle- and high school students, will include historical photographs, graphics, and interviews with U.S. citizens who have a long history in the country as well as those who have just become or are in the process of becoming citizens. The second video will target elementary students, be animated, and present much of the same information but in an age-appropriate format.

Along with the videos, the project will feature worksheets and quizzes that educators can use in classrooms to meet Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) requirements. TYLA is developing the curricula in conjunction with the State Bar of Texas Law-Related Education Department to meet educators’ needs.

Proud to Be an American educates students about every U.S. citizen’s freedom to express yourself; the right to worship as you wish; the right to a prompt and fair trial by jury; the right to vote in elections for public officials; the right to run for public office; and the freedom to pursue “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

It also emphasizes every person’s responsibilities such as to support and defend the Constitution; stay informed of issues; participate in the democratic process; respect and obey federal, state, and local laws; respect the rights, beliefs, and opinions of others; participate in your local community; pay income taxes; serve on a jury; and defend the country if the need should arise.

Proud to Be an American is made possible by a $42,000 grant from the Texas Bar Foundation. Since its inception in 1965, the Texas Bar Foundation has awarded more than $19 million in grants to law-related programs. Supported by members of the State Bar of Texas, the Texas Bar Foundation is the nation’s largest charitably-funded bar foundation.

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