Every year Cesar Chavez Public Charter Schools, located in the Washington, DC area, have their annual senior thesis symposium. Starting in the ninth grade, Chavez scholars are introduced to the topic of public policy and up until their senior year they participate in several activities that involve public policy. For example, in the ninth grade scholars participate in a community action project (CAP), which takes place during the last two weeks of school. CAP allows scholars to select a public policy topic and collect information on that topic through various methods. When I was in the ninth grade my class chose obesity/healthy eating as our topic. Obesity is a major disorder that is rapidly spreading to the youth more and more each year. My class took recognition in that and decided that we wanted to educate our community on the disorder. Obesity is the result of unhealthy eating; therefore learning about healthy eating as well would only strengthen our argument.
Scholars complete another community action project in the tenth grade, and then once they enter the eleventh grade they participate in fellowship. This year I participate in fellowship, which is similar to an internship with the only exception being that instead of getting paid we receive academic credit. Chavez has partnered with various non-profit organizations as well as government agencies over the years that have agreed to provide fellowship opportunities for their scholars. My fellowship organization is The Center for Education Reform, whose main focus is improving the education system into a system that can sustain for years to come. Each fellowship has a connection with public policy therefore scholars are constantly learning about issues that impact the country. Following the fellowship is the senior class thesis in which scholars select a public policy topic to write a ten to