Capitol Project


Capitol Project is looking for SOPHOMORES and JUNIORS who are interested in government or are eager to learn more about our democratic process. Participants should be out-going, work well with others, and willing to actively participate in all program activities. The four-day program is limited to 20 students.


Capitol Project begins at 10AM Monday, February 17th and concludes at noon on Thursday, February 20th.


The cost to attend is $125 - this includes lodging for three nights, meals, materials and activities. Participants are encouraged to raise a portion of or the entire registration fee from local businesses, community organizations, or save money earned from part-time jobs.


Interested students must submit the Capitol Project 2014 application no later than Monday, January 20th, 2014. Student confirmation will be mailed on or about Monday, January 27th, 2014.

If you would like more information, please contact Jen Fagan at either or (515) 725-2874.

The Secretary of State's office has partnered with Rock the Vote to create a program called Rock Iowa that provides high school seniors the opportunity to learn about Iowa's voting process in a fun and interactive way.

These seniors are freshman voters and many of them will be casting a ballot for the first time. Our goal with this program is to educate seniors on the voting process so that when they go to the polls on Election Day or send in an absentee ballot they know what to expect and are comfortable doing so. We strive to make sure that each student realizes how important his or her vote is and to show that every vote counts.

The Secretary of State's office brings Rock Iowa to Iowa high schools and presents a program that includes; a presentation on the voting process, voter registration, debate, mock election, a history video (provided by Rock the Vote), a your vote counts activity and Q&A with the Secretary of State. The presentation takes 45 minutes to an hour.