The Civic Education Project (CEP) is an award-winning leadership and civic engagement program based at Northwestern University's Center for Talent Development. CEP offers two service-learning programs: Civic Leadership Institute (CLI) and CivicWeek.

The Civic Education Project (CEP) is a hands-on, real-life opportunity for bright, impassioned students to:

  • Engage in social issues first-hand
  • Combine service-learning with academic study and reflection
  • Develop the knowledge and leadership skills needed to change the world

Civic Leadership Institute (CLI)

CLI students explore the complex challenges that affect our communities and develop the knowledge, experience and leadership skills they need to make a positive impact on the world in a three-week summer service-learning program for students completing grades 9-12. Participants may be eligible for high school credit and between 25 and 100 hours of service-learning credit. 

Program Dates
June 28 – July 17, 2020

Baltimore, MD
Evanston, IL


In the weeklong program, the city becomes a classroom as students gain hands-on experience with important social issues and explore careers that make a difference in fields like health, human rights, law, politics and urban development. CivicWeek students engage in meaningful service, meet top government, business and nonprofit leaders, and learn in a fun, supportive community. 

Program Dates
4-Day and Weeklong options:
March 22-25, 2020
March 22-28, 2020
July 12-18, 2020

Chicago, IL

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