Student Opportunities

Student participation in social studies programs and competitions can enhance learning experiences within the content areas as well as provide opportunities to improve research, writing, and communication skills.

NEW! Social Studies Opportunities for Minnesota Youth brochure

Annual Programs and Competitions

We the People
State Competition in December

Scholars of Distinction
Apply in December

Youth Day at the Capitol
Event in March

Geography Bee
State Competition in April

Economics Challenge
State Competition in April

Personal Finance Decathlon
State Competition in April

History Day
State Competition in May

Project Citizen
State Competition in May

World Food Prize
Event in May

Global Food Challenge
Deadline in June

Summer Economics Institute for College Readiness

Internship Opportunities

Historical Society Teen Gallery Assistants

Teen Advisory Council

High School Page Program

U.S. Senate Youth Program

Scholars of Distinction Program

The Scholars of Distinction Program recognizes students who have demonstrated outstanding ability in civics, economics, geography, or history. To earn this recognition, students must complete required work in the Minnesota Academic Standards, demonstrate mastery of complex subject matter and apply their knowledge to challenging projects.