Kids Court Academy
This year will be the first year of the Kids Court Academy! The Kids Court Academy (KCA) will be a series of online workshops and experiences for middle and high school students to learn about civil rights and engage in deep discussions with their peers from around the state.
More information about the Kids Court Academy can be found here.
Kids Speak and Kids Court
Prior to the pandemic, the CT Kids Court Essay Competition would kick off in May with Kids Speak, an event held at the University of Connecticut school of law. Kids Speak provided an opportunity for students to participate in group exercises, improvisations, debates, and to hear from a panel of experts on diversity issues, educational equity, anti-bullying, and school climate. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, Kids Speak will not take place in 2021. We look forward to the return of Kids Speak in 2022...stay tuned. The Kids Court Competition will proceed without a kickoff.
Kids Court will provide an opportunity for students to write a short essay on one of five civil rights topics. Students are not required to participate in Kids Speak in order to compete in the Kids Court Essay Competition. Students with the top essays from Middle School and the top essays from High School will be selected as finalists to present their papers remotely before a panel of judges on June 8, 2021.
This year's topics are:
Providing equal opportunities and access for all LGBTQ+ individuals
Creating a safe and caring environment in virtual settings
Advocating for equal housing opportunities for all
Fighting against discrimination towards minority groups
Taking action to increase equal access to opportunities and understand cultural differences
More information about this year's Kids Speak and Kids Court can be found here.
Kids Speak Jr.
Kids Speak Jr. is a new version of Kids Speak aimed at students in grades 3-5. Just like Kids Speak, Kids Speak Jr. will be a day for kids from all over the state to come together to discuss civil rights issues in a way that is right for them.
Kids Court Jr.
To accompany our new Kids Speak Jr. event is a new Kids Court Jr. event! The competition is open to any Connecticut student in grades 3-5. Participating students can draw a picture representing their thoughts on one of the year’s topics and then write a paragraph explaining their picture.