Greater Jackson Chamber Launches National Civics Bee

November 8, 2023

Middle school students from West Tennessee will have the opportunity to compete in the National Civics Bee for the first time during the 2023-2024 school year. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, organizer of the National Civics Bee, has named the Greater Jackson Chamber as an official partner to host a competition in 2024.

The National Civics Bee is a competition that encourages young Americans to engage in civics and contribute to their communities. This exciting opportunity extends to students in grades 6, 7, and 8, granting them a unique platform to demonstrate their civics knowledge. Students can enter the competition by submitting an essay online beginning November 13, 2023, through January 8, 2024.

Participants in the National Civics Bee will have the chance to gain recognition for their civics knowledge and skills and compete for prestigious prizes, including a $1,000 cash prize for the state champion. The competition enables students to explore issues that matter to their communities, furthering their understanding of civic engagement and fostering responsible citizenship.

For educators, the program offers valuable resources, including a teacher guide, to introduce the opportunity to their students. Resources are available through the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Jackson Chamber.

To submit an essay, visit

This year, the National Civics Bee is expanding its reach to students in 28 states, with plans for a national competition scheduled for 2024. A three-year, $4.5 million grant from the Daniels Fund will allow the U.S. Chamber Foundation to scale these Bees to all 50 states by 2026.

For more information about the National Civics Bee please visit For additional information, please contact Vicki Bunch at