• Funded by: http://i-mpact.com
  • Focus: Civic Engagement
  • Project type: Card Game
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The first interactive civics platform that allows you to play through the US political process anytime, anywhere, and with anyone.

Game’s Mission:
To deeply engage kids in the political process, revitalize civics education throughout the country, and secure the next generation’s successful engagement in school, work and our civic life.

How We Do It:
Providing an immediate and indelible experience of the political process through simple play, making civics interactive, immersive, and meaningful. Aligned with the National Council for the Social Studies’ C3 Framework and forwarding the directives of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), PolitiCraft allows students to allocate real-world dollars through gameplay to improve their schools, strengthen local communities and foster greater civic participation nation-wide.

The Game:
By choosing from a variety of roles and scenarios, students gain a deeper working knowledge of our political system. Various deck theme packs address different sections of government and various civic processes; for example, passing legislation, trade policy, government formation, lawmaking, etc. Within each pack, there are decision and action cards, persona cards, system-play cards, agenda cards, negotiation cards and more. The deck can be repurposed for multiple scenarios, and expansion packs encourage continual play and learning. Cards are collectable, memorable, and fun. They offer learners the opportunity to create an iconographical memory of the political spectrum and develop a set of trained skillsets that they can utilize in life and political engagement. Highly visual, interactive excitement that stays with you long after you’ve played, PolitiCraft places you at the center of civic action.

Why Politicraft?

Students lack essential skills for life, work and civic engagements. 60% of businesses don’t feel students are prepared for the workforce while 58% of our youth are unable to cite two forms of political engagement that they have taken part in . A recent poll conducted by the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania found that more than one-third of Americans couldn’t name a single branch of our government. Meanwhile, the millennial generation lags behind in voter turnout, engagement in the political process, and knowledge of basic U.S. history. Currently, just 10 percent of high school seniors are proficient in U.S. history, according to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). In civics, only a quarter of U.S. students scored proficient or better on the nation’s report card, the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) .

To deeply engage young people in the power of democracy and help them realize their role in shaping public policies that improve the lives of others, we must do more. Students must experience lively and meaningful civic-engagement opportunities both inside and outside of school, where they can, in the words of the Annenberg Center’s report, “work effectively together as partners, allowing opportunities for youth to take ownership of parts of the process, mobilize others, and become powerful role models.” By investing in students’ potential through hands-on, direct interaction with peers and by deeply engaging them in civic and interpersonal processes, issues such as political disconnect, lack of empathy, and ineffective communication skills can be resolved and the cycles of disengagement can be broken. PolitiCraft was designed to meet this need.

Our Youth are Agents of Change

Students who can approach problems by thinking through the entire system and then design new, relevant models are poised to discover innovative solutions. The PolitiCraft learning platform creates this opportunity at a national level, producing a future generation of driven thinkers with the experience required to successfully address challenges in personal, professional, and civic life.

Students have historically felt disconnected from the political process; they often have trouble expressing their views, especially in a constructive or empathic way. Therefore, providing them with the opportunity to explore real-life civic scenarios is critical and empowers students with an improved sense of political efficacy. The variety of interactions that the PolitiCraft Card Deck presents cultivates student perspectives and enhances socio-emotional, systems thinking, and collaboration skills. PolitiCraft helps students to both understand challenges in today’s society and play through our current system for solving them.

Partners and Collaborators:
Politicraft is a collaboration between GameDesk and I-mpact; a company that creates sustainable engagement platforms that deliver meaningful impact through strategic collaboration with nonprofits, foundations, and brands. GameDesk and I-mpact have also partnered with The National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) to insure that PolitiCraft addresses the needs of teachers; its core purpose is to lead the community of social studies professionals in promoting a knowledgeable and engaged citizen. Additionally, the National Institute for Civil Discourse (NICD) has joined to ensure PolitiCraft’s relevance across a diverse range of communities; its mission is to advance the understanding and practice of civil discourse to strengthen our democratic traditions and improve governance and public decision-making.