IDEAL CAMPUS helps students foster civil discourse and civic engagement in their high schools and universities. IDEAL Chapters host events, invite speakers, operate publications, and run community projects, all in an effort to change the way students think about politics and interact with each other. Though high school and college chapters have slightly different requirements, both are driven by the same guiding philosophy, and operate the same three branches (Blossom, Programming, and Community Projects) explained below.
Blossom is the chapter-run student publication and podcast. Each institution operates their own Blossom--find your school's chapter below to read the blossom articles put out by your school!
Based on a unique model that unites a brief period of background information, critical periodical examination, and engaging and thought provoking discourse, the INFO is the core of the IDEAL CAMPUS project.
In addition to the student-operated INFO, chapters also host professors, invite off-campus speakers, hold debates, and help run primary, presidential, congressional, and local election programming.
Chapters are required to take their civic engagement work off campus and help their respective communities. Each chapter develops and operates a community project. While some chapters take on a different project each year--working with a local food kitchen, or volunteering at a local school--some chapters have long term projects that work with local schools, like Project: Baltimore, run by our Johns Hopkins Chapter.
If you are looking for information about a chapter near you, click the chapter below for pictures, full schedules of on-campus events, and more!