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DENVER — The Colorado Chamber of Commerce today announced the launch of the 2023 National Civics Bee competition, an initiative aimed at encouraging more young Americans to engage in civics and contribute to their communities. The state chamber has partnered with five local chambers of commerce across Colorado to launch the program.
“We’re proud to work with our local chamber partners on this initiative to provide a platform for young Coloradans to engage in civic education,” said Loren Furman, president and CEO of the Colorado Chamber. “Informed citizens strengthen our state, and it’s critical that we invest in future generations to inspire young people to improve their communities through civic life.”
Middle school students from across the state are invited to compete with their peers at the local and state level. Students will participate in a live quiz event and answer questions from judges to test their civic knowledge. Participating students will flex their civics comprehension for a chance to win recognition and cash prizes.
Finalists from local competitions will be invited to take part in the state-level competition hosted by the Colorado Chamber in Denver on May 19, 2023. The finalists and top winners will receive various prizes, including $1,000 cash for the first-place student.
Local chamber partners for the 2023 National Civics Bee are as follows:
- Arvada Chamber of Commerce
- Buena Vista Chamber of Commerce
- Craig Chamber of Commerce
- Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce
- Greater Pueblo Chamber of Commerce
Organized in partnership with The Civic Trust of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and the Daniel’s Fund, the competitions across Colorado will inspire middle schoolers to become better informed about American democracy, to engage respectfully and constructively in the community, and to build greater trust in others and institutions.
Students can enter and submit an essay to any location that is near them between now and February 24. More information on the local and statewide civics bee competitions can be found here: https://cochamber.com/civicsbee/.
For more information on the 2023 National Civics Bee, please visit https://civics.uschamberfoundation.org/national-civics-bee.
The Colorado Chamber of Commerce champions free enterprise, a healthy business environment and economic prosperity for all Coloradans. It is the only business association that works to improve the business climate for all sizes of business from a statewide, multi-industry perspective. What the Colorado Chamber accomplishes is good for all businesses, and that’s good for the state’s economy. It was created in 1965 based on the merger with the Colorado Manufacturers’ Association.