Applying for the State Seal of CiviC Engagement
Understand the Criteria
Review the Checklist
How You Will Be Assessed
Important Dates and Timeline
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Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I apply for the State Seal? What will it do for me?
The State Seal of Civic Engagement is an award that will demonstrate that you know about, care about, and are involved in how our community runs. Employers and colleges want to hire and admit folks who care! The State Seal is an award that you can point to as evidence of your knowledge, your participation, and your care for the community.
How many activities do I have to do?
We are not looking for a set number of activities or experiences. You might have participated in one event that required many hours of preparation, or participated in many small events that required little preparation. It's not the quantity, but the quality. You will need to demonstrate that you have met all five criteria to earn the seal, no matter the number of activities.
What if I'm not sure my activities count as civic engagement?
Use the definitions and criteria on the home page as your guide. If you feel that your participation has met those definitions, then you should feel comfortable including those activities in your application. Still unsure after that? Have a conversation with your counselor or a teacher to double check.
My grades were not always the highest. Will that stop me from earning the State Seal of Civic Engagement?
No! You should still apply! Being engaged academically is only one of the five criteria, not what this whole award is about. You can show academic engagement by demonstrating how your grades improved over time in one or more classes. Additionally, academic learning takes place both in and out of the high school community, so you can demonstrate and talk about learning you've done in spaces outside of the school.