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July 28, 2010

Trusted For 10 Years

LOUISVILLE, KY.  - The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) Trust for Representative Democracy is celebrating its 10th year of improving public understanding of representative democracy.

NCSL launched the Trust for Representative Democracy in 2000 to combat cynicism toward government and educate young people about American democracy. Over the past 10 years the Trust has reached more than 2 million students, conducted national polls about attitudes toward government, produced effective classroom materials and created American Democracy Television.

“Cynicism toward democratic institutions continues to plague our political system,” said William T. Pound, executive director of NCSL. “It’s more vital than ever that legislators and legislative staff take positive steps to strengthen the public’s understanding and appreciation of the legislative process.”

The Trust has brought civics to life through the America’s Legislators Back to School Program and provided engaging educational materials to thousands of classrooms. The Alliance for Representative Democracy, a partnership of the Trust, the Center for Civic Education and the Center on Congress at Indiana University helps provide professional development for teachers and has developed extensive curriculum. The Trust also cosponsors the National Project Citizen Showcase at NCSL’s annual Legislative Summit. A full view of the Trust’s accomplishments can be found at Trust Trends.

And the Trust is looking toward the future, with plans to create online, interactive games to educate students of all ages about the state legislative process. Game development will begin this fall.

For more information on NCSL’s Trust for Representative Democracy, please contact NCSL’s public affairs division.

NCSL is a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staffs of the states, commonwealths and territories. It provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues and is an effective and respected advocate for the interests of the states in the American federal system.