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About VA Civics 

Virginia Civics Education, Inc. is a nonpartisan 501c(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting constitutional literacy, critical thinking, and civic engagement, empowering the next generation of leaders in Virginia.

Values that Guide us


the needs of teachers and their challenges in the 21st century classroom 


the Constitution and the rule of law without partisan bias


for reasoned debate, civil discourse, and respect for the opinions of others 


to proven civic education programs and research on program efficacy and teaching methodologies 


quickly to current and emerging needs in curriculum development and teacher training to remain relevant and effective 


with program partners through active engagement, ensuring mutually beneficial partnerships to increase the reach and impact of civic education programs statewide.

Our Vision

Virginia Civics will transform every student in Virginia into an informed, engaged, and active citizen.

Our Program Staff

State Coordinator

Co-Executive Director

Co-Executive Director

Meet our Board of Directors

VA Civics is governed and operated by a dedicated team of civic education experts and enthusiasts.

Our Advisory Council

Let’s Connect

We’re always looking for Coalition parters and partnership opportunities to provide the best, most robust professional development experiences for teachers. Reach out if you’d like to get involved.

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Amelia Bochain

Amelia Bochain has devoted her professional life to effective social studies education that fosters civil discourse. As a classroom teacher for nine years, she implemented project-based learning that focused on civic engagement and encouraging effective discussion skills. She is particularly passionate about the We the People program, where she coached teams that placed in regional, state, and national competitions.

State Coordinator

Jen Patja

Jen Patja has dedicated her career to strengthening constitutional self-government through her work with Virginia Civics, the Center for Civic Education, and Montpelier’s Robert H. Smith Center for the Constitution, where she served as Deputy Director. Jen is a co-founder of Virginia Civics, and serves as a House of Delegates-appointed member of the Virginia Commission on Civic Education, a state legislative commission. She is the producer and editor of “Rational Security,” a weekly foreign policy and national security roundup, and “The Lawfare Podcast,” a daily audio production in cooperation with the Brookings Institution. Jen has held teaching and research positions at the University of Virginia, most notably in Criminology and the school’s University Internship Program with the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service. She received her master’s in Sociology from the University of Virginia, and a bachelor’s in English from the University of California, Berkeley.

Co-Executive Director & Chief Operating Officer

Emily Voss

Emily Voss comes to civic education from the museum world, where she was passionate about making museums relevant to the modern world. She currently serves as the Manager of National Programs for the Center for Civic Education. Prior to that, she served as the Education Director at the Robert H. Smith Center for the Constitution at James Madison’s Montpelier where she spent the past decade developing programs for adult professionals that invited engagement with America’s founding documents. She served as the Virginia State Coordinator of the We the People program for 10 years and is a co-founder of Virginia Civics. Emily holds a BA in History from Gettysburg College, and an MA in Museum Education from the Cooperstown Graduate Program (SUNY). She and her family currently reside in central Virginia.

Co-Executive Director & Chief Programs Officer