Speak Up Speak Out

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Speak Up Speak Out

Serving students and educators since 2002, Speak Up Speak Out is an innovative civic education program designed to teach third grade through high school students about their communities and equip them with the tools to make a difference.

Speak Up Speak Out participants work together as teams to identify community problems, craft innovative solutions that address them, and compete for the chance to present their findings to community leaders at the State Civics Fair each spring. Winning teams receive funds to use toward the implementation of their solutions.

Check out pictures from this year's Speak Up Speak Out State Civics Fair!


Group Dynamics

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Problem-Solving Skills


Research Skills

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Engage in Training

Professional development opportunities for educators interested in Speak Up Speak Out are offered each summer. These six-hour trainings enhance educators' instructional practices in implementing action civics through student-driven research, action, and reflection. As part of the Moody College of Communication at The University of Texas at Austin, Speak Up Speak Out is a certified educational provider (TEA 902-579) and CPE credit is eligible with district approval. Interested in us visiting your district or school? Contact speakupspeakout@austin.utexas.edu.


Empower Student Voices

This civic education project encourages students to become active participants in their communities. The distinguishing element of Speak Up Speak Out is that the students are responsible for determining the issues that will be addressed and for developing viable solutions that they implement.

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Collaborate, Solve, and Share

Over the course of the semester, small student groups work together to research their communities, select an interesting and motivating problem, and develop projects, proposals, and solutions to present to the community. Students then compete in Regional Civics Fairs and/or submit video presentations of their projects at the end of the fall semester and top teams from across Texas are invited to present their solutions in-person at the State Civics Fair in early spring.

Review Past Winners

Become Storytellers

Students are encouraged to use their diverse talents, experiences, and ideas to develop their projects. Speak Up Speak Out gives students the opportunity to learn how to become active citizens and to become storytellers to share their message with community leaders.

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Submit Your Video