Every Spring the Center for Public Philosophy holds an Outreach Invitational for high school students that have never participated in a Regional Ethics Bowl. This is a fun, low-stakes way for students to get their feet wet. In 2017, we focused the Outreach Invitational on schools designated LCFF+ by the state of California, meaning they have more than 75% of enrolled students that are eligible for free/reduced price lunch, are foster youth, and/or are English-language learners. The program was particularly successful and impactful in 2017, we believe, largely to to the unique multi-pronged model we implement:
1. We mobilize some of our strongest undergraduate philosophy majors, training them to coach the high school teams;
2. We secure community leaders to serve as judges at the culminating event at UC Santa Cruz alongside university faculty and graduate students;
3. We incentivize high schools and students by providing funds for food at their practices and other resources;
4. The primary activity, the Ethics Bowl, is an especially meaningful and valuable activity for high school students.
Stay tuned for information on the 2018 Outreach Invitational!
See what teachers and principals say about our program...
Best of luck to all participating teams
If you or your school is interested in participating next year, please contact the Bowl Director Kyle Robertson.