CALLING ALL MICHIGAN MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS!
Share your ideas and flex your civics knowledge in the National Civics Bee.
ABOUT THE BEE
The Michigan Chamber is partnering with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and six local/regional chambers of commerce to host a unique competition that encourages young Michiganders to engage in civics and contribute to their communities. Participating 6th, 7th and 8th graders will flex their civics knowledge for a chance to win recognition and cash prizes. Local finalists will be invited to the state capital in Lansing to compete in Michigan’s inaugural National Civics Bee in the summer of 2024. State winners will then have the chance to compete nationally in Washington, D.C. in the fall of 2024.
Key 2023-2024 Dates
- Nov. 13, 2023: Essay portal opens
- Jan. 8, 2024: Essay portal closes
- Feb. 20 – April 30, 2024: Local Bees take place
- July 17, 2024: Michigan’s inaugural National Civics Bee takes place in Heritage Hall of the State Capitol, Lansing
- Fall 2024 (exact date TBD): National Championship Bee takes place in Washington, D.C.
HOW TO ENTER
Any 6th, 7th, or 8th-grade student residing in Michigan may review the rules and submit an essay application via one of the six local or regional participating chambers listed below. Don’t worry if there’s not a chamber in your community, pick the nearest one to you.
The Michigan Chamber of Commerce Foundation is participating in the National Civics Bee because we believe that informed, active citizens make for strong communities across our state and country as well as a thriving economy and workforce – our continued and shared prosperity depends on all three. Through the Bee, we are promoting greater civic knowledge in our Great Lakes State and celebrating our civic pride.
Ready to Test Your Civics Knowledge?
Take this brief quiz to see how well you stack up. And don’t worry, whether you ace them or need some refreshers, we are glad you’re interested in civics and civic engagement. We need more people like you. Ready? Let’s go!
2023 NATIONAL CIVICS BEE HIGHLIGHTS
Are you interested in showcasing your company’s commitment to developing active and engaged citizens? For information about available sponsorships, please contact Amanda Toy, MI Chamber VP of Membership and Partnership.