Bill of Rights Institute Student Fellowship
By Jennifer Fogarty, communications content manager
An Upper School student is selected for a national civic fellowship program.
Congratulations to Carson Walker ’23, who was selected from a nationwide pool of competitors to be one of 10 student fellows for the Bill of Rights Institute (BRI) Student Fellowship. This inaugural program helps Upper School students develop their skills in building a civil society. The fellows will meet virtually throughout the school year, then engage in a weekend capstone experience in Washington, D.C., in June 2022.
Each twice-monthly virtual session will include a short reading, discussion and writing assignment addressing challenging issues and content. Topics may include why civil society is important, the role of government, charity and entrepreneurship in civil society, and what good civic leadership entails. Fellows will demonstrate voice and agency by writing posts on leadership and citizenship with an opportunity for published writing and media exposure. Participants will also design and lead three virtual public events.
Carson is politically active and has used social media platforms to raise awareness on different political issues and upcoming elections. He also made calls, organized events and canvassed for Congressman Mike Levin.
“My dream is to play baseball and study political science before eventually going into politics and law,” shares Carson. “This program gives me the opportunity to get a sneak peek into studying American politics. I look forward to meeting the other nine people who were selected and hearing their viewpoints.”
The Bill of Rights Institute is a civic education organization with a network of over 50,000 history and civics educators, thousands of classroom-ready history and civics resources and annual student and teacher programming. It was founded in September 1999 to engage, educate and empower individuals with a passion for freedom and opportunity in a free society. The Institute develops educational resources on American history and government, provides professional development opportunities to teachers, and runs student programs and scholarship contests.