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  • May112017
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    What We’re Reading

    Every few weeks, GC picks out a selection of articles that are relevant to our work and to the civics education space as a whole. We at GC love to expand our learning in every aspect of what we do, and we hope you enjoy our selections! Building Effective Coalitions with Fair Fares Campaign Members, […]

  • May092017
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    Expert Insight In the Classroom

    Expert Insight in the Classroom: A Q&A with John Wesley, a Rhode Island policy expert who speaks with GC classes working to address domestic violence By Molly Cohen In order to get current, local information about the problem they want to tackle, all GC classes interview community experts. We’re grateful to the elected officials, community members, […]

  • May052017
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    Door Knocking: A Love Story

    Door Knocking: A Love Story Why face-to-face conversations strengthen our democracy By Nora Howe, NYC Program Associate One long driveway away, my next house waited. The Iowa sun beating down, I was getting ready to knock my 90th (or was it 91st?) door of the day, and still had 30 more to go. My shoes […]

  • May022017
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    We’re Hiring a Central Texas Program Associate

    Generation Citizen Central Texas Program Associate Generation Citizen (GC) is excited to announce that we are looking for an exceptional professional to join our team as the Central Texas Program Associate. The Program Associate will work directly with college student volunteers, teachers, and youth to support action civics programming across classrooms in Texas. The position will […]

  • Apr272017
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    We’re Hiring a Central Texas Community Ambassador VISTA

      Generation Citizen Central Texas Community Ambassador VISTA Generation Citizen (GC) is excited to announce that we are looking for an exceptional person to join our team as the Central Texas Community Ambassador VISTA! Did you know that on every measure of civic engagement, Texas ranks at the bottom of the list? At Generation Citizen, […]

  • Apr262017
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    Did you just miss a chance to vote? An update on April 2017 Municipal Elections

    Did you just miss a chance to vote? An update on April 2017 municipal elections By Brandon Klugman While hotly contested special elections for Congressional seats in Kansas and Georgia have dominated most discussion of elections this month, it is important to remember that springtime also marks local election season for many cities across the […]

  • Apr242017
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    When is Enough Actually Enough?

    When is Enough Actually Enough? A Michelle Branch-induced breaking point. By Scott Warren Last May, I sat in a café on 24th and Valencia in San Francisco, gathering my thoughts after a fruitful meeting, ready to walk into a gorgeous San Francisco morning for a day full of more productivity: meetings with Board members, foundations, […]

  • Apr212017
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    WE’RE HIRING A Manager of Program Development

    Generation Citizen Manager of Program Development Generation Citizen (GC) is looking for a passionate, innovative, and collaborative educator to fill its first Manager of Program Development (MPD) role. The MPD will work closely with GC’s National Director of Programming and program team members across the organization to build out a structured teacher professional development program as […]

  • Apr202017
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    What We’re Reading

    Every few weeks, GC picks out a selection of articles that are relevant to our work and to the civics education space as a whole. We at GC love to expand our learning in every aspect of what we do, and we hope you enjoy our selections! Factoring Schools into the Calculus of City Budgeting, […]

  • Apr202017
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    Meet Generation Citizen Associate Board Members!

    Generation Citizen Associate Boards are comprised of dedicated young professionals who are passionate about empowering young people to become engaged and effective citizens. Each member plays a critical role amplifying our mission and bringing awareness and visibility to the field of action civics. We asked a few members, both new and seasoned hailing from four […]

  • Apr172017
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    “Change-making” in Process

    Eli Emigh, Generation Citizen’s newest New York Program Associate, reflects on some of his first experiences in the classroom.   I began my role as a Program Associate with Generation Citizen’s NYC team at the start of February 2017 after working as an organizer with the Oregon Student Association. I was excited to continue working […]

  • Apr132017
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    Lowell students spoke up, and the Police Chief listened

    Lowell students spoke up, and the Police Chief listened By Amy Joy Stahl Sophomores at Lowell High School have a goal: Create a gun buyback program in their city to make homes and kids safer. They’ve just convinced William Taylor, Chief of Police for the City of Lowell, to work with them. The 10th-graders in […]

  • Apr102017
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    It’s Personal

    It’s Personal By Ellie Sanchez, MA Program Associate Within the past few weeks, many of our classes have dove into a variety of issues they feel connected to at the school, neighborhood, city, and state level. Issues our students in Massachusetts have brainstormed include immigration policies, solar panels on public buildings, and consent education to […]

  • Apr062017
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    Yasmine Mahdavi: Does My Voice Matter?

    Does My Voice Matter? After years of promising to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, the repeal bill was pulled from the House floor on March 24. This was a surprising turn and a prime example of successful civic engagement swaying our representatives. One of the reasons it didn’t […]

  • Apr052017
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    Bahar Ataai: Youth Civic Engagement Without The Noisy Hashtag

    The most important political office is that of the private citizen. –Louis D. Brandeis Reflecting upon myself as a wide-eyed eighteen-year-old Iranian American female living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania preparing to cast my first vote in the 2008 U.S. presidential election, I cringe at my lack of knowledge about my power as a U.S. citizen. Like […]

  • Mar302017
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    What We’re Reading

    Every few weeks, GC picks out a selection of articles that are relevant to our work and to the civics education space as a whole. We at GC love to expand our learning in every aspect of what we do, and we hope you enjoy our selections!   Study: 60 Percent of Rural Millennials Lack […]

  • Mar272017
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    San Diego Union-Tribune: Is today’s political engagement a fad or the new reality?

    In the midst of a time of seemingly heightened political engagement across the country, a record low number of citizens turned out to vote in Los Angeles’ local election. Generation Citizen co-founder and CEO Scott Warren reflects in this op-ed, published in The San Diego Union-Tribune. How do we reconcile the fact that millions of […]

  • Mar272017
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    Vote16 on Ozy: To Bridge the Political Divide, Let Minors Vote

    “Our political challenges may seem insurmountable. But let’s remember that in addition to building bridges across the aisle, we need on-ramps to participation.” This piece tells the story of one of Takoma Park’s first under-18 voters, and argues that extending voting rights to more 16- and 17-year-olds can help reinvigorate our democracy. Read more on […]

  • Feb112015
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    Swimming Like a Duck

    By Scott Warren   I’ve always had a weird admiration for ducks. When I was younger, my grandparents lived steps away from a pond filled with ducks. I used to visit it frequently, illegally feeding them breadcrumbs, searching for ducklings, watching them swim.   It’s a little cliché, but one of the most fascinating aspects […]

  • Feb112015
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    Teach Young People About Civic Duties

    By Rep. Javier Martinez / Democrat, Albuquerque and Scott Warren / Executive Director, Generation Citizen. Published by Albuquerque Journal New Mexico’s high school students spend a lot of time at school. Approximately 140 hours per month, not counting extracurricular activities. How this time is structured, financed and spent is decided by a governing school board, […]

  • Feb092015
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    Welcome to our Newest Intern, Admera!

    Hi everyone, my name is Admera Khan and I am a transfer from Syracuse University studying the best two combinations, which I consider to be Politics and Spanish at NYU.  I am currently a sophomore pretending to be a “real New Yorker” by living the life of a student/intern who thinks they understand how to […]

  • Feb252014
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    To Change the Status Quo, We Need to Change Who’s in Charge

    It’s often said that those in social change work are “trying to change the status quo.”  It’s why we do the work.  We live in a country in which the vast majority of the population lives paycheck to paycheck, if a paycheck even exists.  And so, as we build our organizations, whether engaging in direct […]

  • Nov252013
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    2012-2013 Annual Report

    We are extremely excited to share our Generation Citizen 2012-2013 Annual Report. Click here to download our PDF and read below for an introductory letter from Executive Director, Scott Warren. Dear Friends, It would be a little bit trite to say that Generation Citizen is in the midst of finishing an incredibly busy year. Over […]

  • Oct242013
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    An Open Letter to Democracy Coaches…

    Dear Exhausted-But-Diligent Democracy Coach, I know. I get it. I remember waking up in a dark room, rising before the sun did. My roommate groaning at my blaring alarm, crawling deeper under his covers as I eat my Cinnamon Toast Crunch and review the day’s lesson plan. My eyes mere slits until I get my […]

  • Aug092013
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    Bridging The Gap: An Intern’s Perspective

    Going to an independent, all-girls school in the suburbs of Philadelphia, I have been indoctrinated to believe that youth, specifically young women, play an integral role in the communities where we live and study.  Ask any of my fellow seniors about their community involvement and they will retort with a lengthy enumeration of activities. It […]

  • Aug052013
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    Direct Democracy in California: Meaningful Civic Engagement?

    Before I moved here, all I really knew of Golden State politics was Arnold Schwarzenegger, marijuana and Proposition 8. In my first semester as a graduate student at Cal’s Goldman School of Public Policy, my understanding of the political landscape—specifically the effects of direct democracy—increased immensely. I worked with a group of my classmates to […]

  • Jul312013
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    Can Philanthropy Save our Educational System?

    Peter Buffet’s recent op-ed, “The Charitable Industrial Complex”, has been rocking the interwebs since its publication Saturday.  His basic but harsh argument, that philanthropy is essentially preserving the status quo while causing small blips of success that allow the wealthy to feel “heroic,”  has some people praising him for finally speaking truth to power, while others […]

  • Jul252013
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    Gee(k), I love politics!

    “I’msuchahugefan! It’ssonicetomeetyou! I’vebeenafanofyourclimatepolicyforsolong!  MayIbeacompletedorkandgetaphotowithyou?”  As I gushed, I’m pretty sure it all came out in one long word.  Senate Candidate Ed Markey was very kind, saying it was nice to meet me too, and obliged me with a picture.  After the fact, Christina, our New Sector Fellow in the office this summer, assured me that […]

  • Jul252013
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    Introduction from RI Program Associate

    My name is Emily Flower and I’m joining Generation Citizen as the Rhode Island Program Associate. From a young age I was surrounded by civic influences. I woke up early everyday to watch a re-run of The West Wing with my dad before work and would follow my mom to community meetings after school. The […]

  • Jun212013
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    Let’s Go Chasing Waterfalls

    I’ve been on “vacation” in Ecuador almost two weeks now, and it’s largely been great.  I’ve been able to do a ton of hiking, some horseback riding, some rafting, and some reading.  But along the way, I have not done a great job of letting go of work.  At all.  Part of this is that […]

  • Jun132013
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    Let’s Have an Identity Crisis

      In the midst of a trip throughout Ecuador, re-connecting with the country where I graduated high school, I had the opportunity yesterday to speak at my high school, Academia Cotopaxi, addressing a mix of 6th-10th graders. My speech consisted of two main themes.  The first focused on Generation Citizen – the reason I created it […]

  • May162013
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    Being a Good Citizen…and a Good Person

    Fron a speech I gave at this year’s Civics Days: My speech today was going to be about the theme of Generation Citizen, the notion of being an active citizen.   The notion of working in your communities, using the democratic process, to make change.  To make things better.  This, after all, is what you did […]

  • Apr252013
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    My Obsession With The West Wing

    I was biting my nails to see if President Bartlet would run for a second term or not.  I cling to each word of Sam Seaborn’s speeches. I am definitely a Josh Lyman and Donna Moss fan.  I am with CJ Cregg each time she steps up in front of the press corps.  I did all of these […]

  • Apr222013
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    Redefining American Power

    One of the most fun parts about traveling, for me, is learning about other nations’ image of the United States. They range from the amusing (nobody uses plastic bags for grocery shopping, only blank brown paper bags) to the alarming (nearly everybody in Texas walks around with a gun in his or her back pocket). […]

  • Apr192013
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    Boston is not Powerless

    Everyone in Boston feels pretty powerless right now. We are stuck inside our homes. We can’t take the T. We can’t go to work. We can’t get a coffee. We don’t know if we are safe. As the Boston manager of an organization that specializes in empowering the powerless, I have a few thoughts about our powerlessness […]

  • Apr182013
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    It’s Up to Us to Save Congress

    Being the Executive Director of a non-profit that prides itself of non-partisanship, I take care to never be overtly partisan or political in public spaces, like this blog.  But I am pretty pissed off about Congress voting down the gun control bill.  And, actually, I think it is completely a non-partisan issue.  Universal background checks […]

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