About Us

Our Mission and Focus

The New Hampshire Institute for Civics Education has been established to develop, nurture, and maintain an informed, engaged, and civil New Hampshire citizenry. Students who have access to high-quality civics education are more likely to vote and discuss politics at home, volunteer and work on community issues and speak publicly and communicate with elected representatives.


Our Vision

An informed New Hampshire citizenry actively engaged in a civil, open-minded democratic process.


Fulfilling Our Mission

The New Hampshire Institute for Civics Education plans a number of workshops and other events devoted to fulfilling its mission including educator and free professional education, student programming, and public lectures.


“Civics education must become a fundamental priority of our schools, and it must involve more than helping students gain an understanding of a substantial body of civic knowledge,” says the organization’s planning document. “To ensure active participation in our democracy, educators must help students engage with their communities and learn a variety of skills associated with political and community life. They also must help students cultivate attitudes and beliefs that might best be described as ‘civic virtues.’”

-From the NH Institute for Civics Education’s founding document

We bring national civics education leaders to our state and feature master NH teachers because we know that students who have access to high-quality civics education are more likely to:

  • Vote and discuss politics at home
  • Volunteer and work on community issues
  • Speak publicly and communicate with elected representatives

High-quality civics education strengthens skills needed in all academic areas such as critical thinking, civil debate, and classroom confidence. Research has also shown that these programs contribute to the development of school climates that are safe, inclusive, and respectful and have a positive impact on high school graduation rates.


2019 Outreach Summary

In 2019 we conducted 7 educator workshops reaching 249 teachers throughout the Granite State. Thanks to the financial support of our donors, our generous partners, and active trustees and volunteers, we reached 1,790 NH students directly. 


Read everything about our work in 2020 in our Annual Report
You can also view our 2019 Annual Report.


Read our full Strategic Plan here .


Anti-Racism Statement

The New Hampshire Institute for Civics Education (NH Civics) advocates for the core principles expressed in our country’s fundamental documents, which include: the democratic rule of law; insistence on due process; respect for individual rights; promotion of the general welfare; and insistence on equal protection.


Anti-Discrimination Policy

The New Hampshire Institute for Civics Education does not unlawfully discriminate internally (in its administrative and program operations) or externally (in the provision of services) on the basis of race, political orientation, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, national origin, ethnicity, ancestry, marital status, veteran status, or mental or physical disability or any other status prohibited by applicable law.

Our programs in action!

I enjoyed the content-oriented approach. Having such an engaging speaker was awesome.
- Teacher, 2015
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Please contact us with any questions you may have about any of our programs or would like additional information.

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