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IBF hires new civics education manager

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Second-year law student Andrew Homan started Jan. 3 as the Indiana Bar Foundation’s new civics education program manager.

Homan previously worked for U.S. Sen. Evan Bayh as the deputy state director and has been a volunteer with the Peace Corps.

Homan will manage the IBF’s We the People program, which teaches the U.S. Constitution, Bill of Rights, and founding principles of U.S. government; Project Citizen, which teaches students about public policy through community service projects; the Indiana Legislative Youth Advisory Council, which advises Indiana legislators on matters affecting young people; and the U.S. Senate Youth Program for Indiana.

Previously, the IBF had three full-time staff working with educators on these programs. The IBF announced over the summer that due to budget cuts, the positions would be restructured and handled by one IBF staff member as of January 2011.

Because the IBF restructured its civics education staff, the programs will rely more on volunteers for help with the various programs. The IBF will also focus on supporting educators who have already been involved with the programs, instead of focusing its attention on adding new educators.

More information about IBF civics education programs is available at http://www.inbf.org/civic_education_programs.

Rehearing "Foundation cuts civics program staff" IL Sept. 1-14, 2010

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