Student Public Policy Forum (SPPF)

The Student Public Policy Forum (SPPF) is an academic program that provides you an overview of local, state and national public policy making, and citizen influence and involvement. A focus is placed on experiential learning and leadership development through engagement in the public policy process. The program teaches civic responsibility, which is one category within Maricopa’s mission statement. The district’s Center for Civic Participation and Student Affairs oversees the SPPF program and other activities that enhance teaching and learning through the development of civic skills.


What is the Purpose of the Program?

SPPF provides you with learning opportunities that allow you to become educated and an involved citizen. You will have an opportunity to meet with a variety of elected officials and those working in the public policy arena. No prior political experience is necessary, students from all backgrounds, majors, and experiences are encouraged to participate. SPPF gives you an up close experience of how government works and culminates in travel to Washington, D.C., where you will have the opportunity to lobby members of Congress on higher education issues that matter to you.

Program Components—Fall 2017

You must register for POS285 Political Issues and Public Policy. This 3 credit hybrid class is transferable to all three state universities and has a SB general education designation. Classes are offered at:

  • Mesa Community College
  • Glendale Community College

Program Components—Spring 2018

If you successfully complete POS285 in the Fall, you will be eligible to apply to the SPPF Spring Academy. The Academy focuses on experiential earning opportunities giving students with the opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C.

The following links represent a wide range of organizations that have conducted surveys or made recommendations about candidates and ballot measures. Please let us know if there are other online voter guides or candidate surveys that we should be aware of! Email suggestions to

Be a “Ballot Expert!”

Ballot Measure Presenter Training (est. 2.0 hours)

  • Learn how to explain the basics of voting and what will be on the ballot
  • Learn how to explain the meaning of each ballot measure, including the effect of a “Yes” vote and a “No” vote, utilizing an easy-to-use PowerPoint guide and handout for participants.
  • Learn how to use a simple discussion guide to lead an impartial deliberative discussion on each ballot measure.

Let’s Party!!!

Debate Watch Party Organizer Training (est. 2.0 hours)

  • Learn tips for organizing and promoting a debate watch event
  • Learn about using a “Logic fallacies” worksheet to help participants critically evaluate candidates’ remarks
  • Learn how to use a simple discussion guide to lead an impartial discussion after the debate ends

Voter Registration Drives 101

Volunteer Train-the-Trainer Workshop (est. 1.5 hours)

  • Learn how to prepare volunteers to run a voter registration project and assist voters with the registration form.
  • Learn how to respond to the most commonly asked questions, fears, myths and misconceptions about voter registration.

Student Poll Workers

The Most Democratic Fundraiser EVER! (est. 30 min.)

  • Did you know you can be as young as 16 and work at the polls during elections? Did you know you can earn up to $125 in a day?! Learn what it’s all about and how to recruit students to work during elections and to pool their earnings as a great club fundraiser or to raise funds for a cause of your choice.


Deanna Villanueva-Saucedo
Director, Community Engagement

Michele Gama
Admin. Assistant, Community Engagement