Introducing Collin Gruver, Director of Civic Education
Collin Gruver has joined the Foundation as Director of Civic Education. He will be responsible for all education programs, including We the People, High School Mock Trial, U.S. Senate Youth, and Indiana Legislative Youth Advisory Council. Gruver is an attorney and former high school teacher.
Previously, Collin taught social studies at Franklin Central High School, Indianapolis, for 12 years. He taught a wide variety of subjects including Advanced Placement (AP) U.S. Government, AP Comparative Government, U.S. Government, U.S. History, World Civilizations, World History, Economics, and Current Events. Collin was previously involved with the Foundation as a coordinator for the We the People program and was a member of the Teachers' Council for iCivics. He graduated from Purdue University and received a J.D. from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in 2015. During law school, he interned for the Marion County Prosecutor's Office.
The Indiana Bar Foundation is dedicated to educating tomorrow’s leaders through the following programs.
We the People - The primary goal of We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution program is to promote civic competence and responsibility among Indiana's elementary, middle and high school students. The program includes:
- an instructional component, focused on enhancing students’ understanding of the institutions of American constitutional democracy and discovering the contemporary relevance of the Constitution and Bill of Rights, and
- a culminating activity of a simulated congressional hearing in which students “testify” before a panel of judges. Students demonstrate their understanding of constitutional principles and have opportunities to evaluate, take, and defend positions on relevant historical and contemporary issues.
Indiana High School Mock Trial - The Indiana Mock Trial program offers students the opportunity to conduct a trial based on a hypothetical case. The students play the roles of attorneys and witnesses as they try their cases in a competition, judged by real attorneys and judges. The purpose of the Indiana Mock Trial program is to stimulate and encourage a deeper understanding and appreciation of the American legal system. The program provides the opportunity for students to learn the judicial system through a hands-on experience.
Indiana Legislative Youth Advisory Council - The Indiana Legislative Youth Advisory Council, or ILYAC for short, was founded by HEA 1162 in 2008. The Council consists of as many as 22 Indiana youth, ages 16-22, from across the state. The Council is responsible for submitting at least one annual report to the Indiana General Assembly on issues pertaining to youth and young adults across the state. Members are chosen through an appointment process. The students meets three to six times each year, with meetings being held in the Indianapolis area.
United States Senate Youth Program - The United States Senate Youth Program, established in 1962 by U.S. Senate Resolution, is a unique educational experience for outstanding high school students interested in pursuing careers in public service. Two student leaders from each state, the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense Education Activity will spend a week in Washington experiencing their national government in action. Student delegates will hear major policy addresses by Senators, cabinet members, officials from the Departments of State and Defense and directors of other federal agencies, as well as participate in a meeting with a Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. In addition, each delegate will also be awarded a $5,000 College Scholarship for undergraduate studies.