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Social studies is the integrated study of the social sciences and humanities to promote effective citizenry. Within the K-12 program, social studies provide coordinated, systematic study drawing upon such disciplines as economics, history, geography, anthropology, archaeology, law, philosophy, political science, religion, and sociology, as well as appropriate content from the humanities, mathematics, and the natural sciences.


United States Senate Youth Program

The United States Senate Youth Program is an educational opportunity for outstanding high school juniors and seniors interested in pursuing careers in public service. This annual program gives two student leaders from each state the opportunity to spend a week in Washington, D.C. experiencing our national government in action. In addition, these students will also be awarded a $5,000 College Scholarship for undergraduate studies, with encouragement to pursue coursework in history and political science. Any interested student enrolled in a public, private, or public charter school in North Carolina may get an application and entry information by visiting

For additional information contact:
Michelle McLaughlin
NC Senate Youth Program Coordinator

Ben Stockdale and Gordon Bailey White Selected as 2012 Senate Youth Delegates

Ben Stockdale is junior class president at Polk County High School in Columbus, NC. Ben has been a Governor’s Page and is vice president of a school club which raises environmental awareness to help make the school more energy efficient. Ben founded a tutorial program that allows high school students to serve as academic role models for low-performing middle school students. Ben is looking forward to the Senate Youth experience giving him a closer look at the U.S. government in action.

Gordon Bailey White is vice president of the Forsyth Country Day School’s student government.  He is chairman of the judicial board that hears honor code violations and recommends a course of action to the faculty.  Gordon volunteers serving meals to the homeless and has helped build houses for the homeless in rural NC. Gordon took an AP Government course to learn more about U.S. government.  He believes the Senate Youth Program will give him a foundation for his future plans to run for public office.


K-12 Social Studies Essential Standards Wiki
NCDPI's K-12 Social Studies Essential Standards Wiki website is a resource designed especially for educators to assist in the preparation of moving to the K-12 Social Studies Essential Standards. The North Carolina k-12 Social Studies Essential Standards are available, along with a number of other resources such as the Instructional Toolkit components and professional development material.

Professional Development Opportunities for K-12 Social Studies Educators

Building Rigor in K-12 Social Studies
Access this link to find valuable resources for K-12 social studies educators in the disciplines of Economics, Geography, Politics & Government, U.S. History and World History. There are also resources to support the teaching of Economics and Geography in grades K-5.