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) explained below.
Blossom is the chapter-run student publication and podcast. Each institution operates their own Blossom, and each Blossom is integral to the success of the chapter. Blossom writers are tasked with writing “Briefs” and “Perspective(s)” that help students prepare for IDEAL’s on-campus programming. They also have the freedom to explore there own opinions and publish thought-provoking commentary! Find your school’s Blossom on the campus homepages below!
Based on a unique model that includes a presentation with background information, a deep investigation into relevant literature, and engaging and thought provoking discussion, 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.
In upholding the values and the spirit of the IDEAL vision, each chapter has a civic responsibility to their larger community. While some chapters take on a different project each year--working with a local food kitchen, or volunteering at a local school--others host long-term projects like Hear&Now, run by our Johns Hopkins Chapter. The operating directive for every COMMUNITY program is simple: work with a local community leader, listen first, and ask “how we can do what we do best in a way that helps you?”
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!