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Assignments
CityWorks Links, Assignments 

Assignment #1: City Search | Assignment #2: Pressing Needs | Assignment #3: What’s the Problem? | Assignment #4: Researching the Problem | Assignment #5: What’s Your Policy? | Assignment #6: So . . . What Are You Going to Do About It?

 

Assignment #1: City Search

History

U.S. State Historical Societies & State Archives Directory Compiled by Joe Ryan.

Statistics

MapStats Statistical profiles of states, counties, cities, congressional districts, and federal judicial districts. From FedStats.

City Government

Open Directory Project: Localities Links to local areas, including local governments. Click on the state, the letter of the city, and the name of the city. A web site for the local government should be listed.

Google Directory: Localities Links to local areas, including local governments. Click on the state, the letter of the city, and the name of the city. A web site for the local government should be listed.

News Directory: City Governments Links to city governments in each state.

County Government

Open Directory Project: Counties To find a county government, click on the state and then on the county and scroll down.

Google Directory: Counties To find a county government, click on the state and then on the county and scroll down.

News Directory: County Governments Links to the county governments in each state.

100 Most Populous County Governments Links to their web sites.

Federal Government

U.S. Senate To find your two senators, choose your state in the “Find Your Senators” box.

U.S. House of Representatives To find your representative and congressional district, type your ZIP code in the box under “Find Your Representative.”

State Government

Governments of the 50 States Links to the governor, legislature, courts, and the official site of each state.

National Governors Association: Current Governors List with links to the governor of each state.

State Government Contact and Resource and Contact Information Select your state and find your governor and state representatives. From Project Vote Smart.

Education

Google Web Directory: Education by State To find a school district, click on the state, school district, by county, and the name of the county.

School Districts in the United States Links to school districts’ web sites.

Open Directory Project: United States To find a school district, click on the state, education, school districts, by county, and the name of the county.

Assignment #2: Pressing Needs

To find a local newspaper online, use these links:

NewsLink: U.S. Newspapers by State

ABYZ News Links: United States Newspaper and News Media Guide

Online Newspapers: Listed by State

U.S. News Archives on the Web Links to U.S. newspapers that have online archives.

 

Assignment #3: What’s the Problem?

Assignment #4: Researching the Problem

Community Organizations

Idealist.org Searchable database of community organizations.

Guidestar Search Find non-profit organizations.

Yellow Pages Type in your city and state and either “Environmental Organizations,” Social Service Organizations,” or “Educational Organizations.”

Issue Organizations Searchable database of national and state organizations. From Project Vote Smart.

 

Newspaper Articles

NewsLink: U.S. Newspapers by State

ABYZ News Links: United States Newspaper and News Media Guide

Online Newspapers: Listed by State

U.S. News Archives on the Web Links to U.S. newspapers that have online archives.

Web Sites for Issues
Social and Political Issues Links

Assignment #5: What’s Your Policy?

These sites can help you contact your local government. The web site of your local government may even have policy proposals online.

City Government

Open Directory Project: Localities Links to local areas, including local governments. Click on the state, the letter of the city, and the name of the city. A web site for the local government should be listed.

Google Directory: Localities Links to local areas, including local governments. Click on the state, the letter of the city, and the name of the city. A web site for the local government should be listed.

News Directory: City Governments Links to city governments in each state.

 

County Government

Open Directory Project: Counties To find a county government, click on the state and then on the county and scroll down.

Google Directory: Counties To find a county government, click on the state and then on the county and scroll down.

News Directory: County Governments Links to the county governments in each state.

100 Most Populous County Governments Links to their web sites.

Assignment #6: So . . . What Are You Going to Do About It?

Maurice R. Robinson Mini-Grant Recipients Description of student projects that won small grants. Useful for coming up with project ideas.

Youth Activism: Success Stories Projects useful for ideas.

Service-Learning Project Ideas From Maryland Student Service Alliance.

Project Ideas: Menu From World Wise Schools.

Assignment 7: Taking Action

ACT Online A collection of links for doing a service project.

 

Assignment 8: Evaluating Your Success

Evaluating and Reflecting Links from ACT Online.

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Updated January 19, 2006


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