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  • Apr142017
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    We’re Hiring a Massachusetts Executive Director

    Generation Citizen Massachusetts Executive Director  Overview: Generation Citizen (generationcitizen.org), a quickly scaling non-profit that seeks to ensure that every young person in the United States receives an effective action civics education, is looking for a proven leader to take the helm as Executive Director of its Massachusetts site, one of our largest sites, currently serving more […]

  • 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 […]

  • Mar272017
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    We’re Hiring a FAO Schwarz Family Foundation Fellow and Program Associate (Massachusetts)

    FAO Schwarz Family Foundation Fellowship and Generation Citizen Fellow and Program Associate Position 2017-19 Generation Citizen (GC) is pleased to announce that it is partnering with the FAO Schwarz Family Foundation Fellowship to hire an exceptional recent college graduate to support our programs across Massachusetts and capacity building efforts at GC. This position is an […]

  • Mar132017
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    Yasmine Mahdavi: GIRLS AND WOMEN HAVE THE RIGHT TO THINK FREELY AND TO ACT ACCORDINGLY

    Yasmine Mahdavi, Generation Citizen’s Measurement and Evaluation Fellow, responds to a recent opinion piece published in the Wall Street Journal.   Ideally, girls and women should have the freedom to advocate for themselves and others in any way they choose. But, when we dictate or ideologically critique the way in which they choose to express themselves we […]

  • Mar092017
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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!   A Great New Accidental Renaissance. The New […]

  • Mar022017
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    Generation Citizen Providence Students Lobby to Prevent Youth Smoking

    “This bill helps raise the age of tobacco buying, from 18 to 21. Why? Have you ever walked down a street and noticed how many people are actually smoking? As a child, people don’t think my opinion matters, but it does… If you vote to raise the age, then I don’t have to worry.” -Generation […]

  • Mar012017
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    Civic Talk: Youth Taking Action

    Civic Talk is an ongoing blog series from Generation Citizen where we offer our perspectives on political, cultural, and global news through the lens of civic action and education, and share the articles and resources that have helped to shape our understanding. Political fever continues to run high as we move past the early months […]

  • Feb162017
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    What We’re Reading

    Every other week, 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!   The Snapchat Cohort gets into Politics, and […]

  • Jan312017
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    Civic Talk: Ideological Bubbles

    Civic Talk is an ongoing blog series from Generation Citizen where we offer our perspectives on political, cultural, and global news through the lens of civic action and education, and share the articles and resources that have helped to shape our understanding. Our latest report,“Education Paves the Road to Sustained Democracy,” highlights that meaningful interactions […]

  • Jan302017
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    The Ironies, Messiness, and Surprises of Democracy: Lessons in Citizenship

    The Ironies, Messiness, and Surprises of Democracy: Lessons in Citizenship Dr. Sylvia Rousseau, Professor of Clinical Education, USC Rossier School of Education and Generation Citizen Board Member The political events of January 2017 provide a trove of lessons about citizenship and democracy. At a moment in our national life in which elements of our democracy seemed […]

  • Jan272017
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    Shifting the Age Curve: A Smart Approach to Increasing Voter Turnout

    We have a voter participation crisis in the United States – most agree on this. The US ranks 31st out of 35 OECD countries in voter turnout. In the 2016 election, four out of ten eligible voters did not cast a ballot, similar to the rate in 2012. Turnout in midterm and local elections is […]

  • Jan262017
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    TRIVIA FOR CHANGEMAKERS

    Generation Citizen’s Trivia for Changemakers 4th Annual Trivia Fundraiser Thursday, March 23 2017, 6:30pm-9:00pm Microsoft NERD Center, Kendall Square, 1 Memorial Drive, Suite 100, Cambridge, MA 02142 Test your trivia mettle in this exclusive best-of-Boston matchup, pitting teams from Boston’s industries against competitors in their sector to see who can clinch the grand ChangeMaker’s Cup. For a critical cause: every […]

  • 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 […]

  • Apr142013
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    Disparate Leadership

    Disparate Leadership A few weeks ago, at a conference for Draper Richards Kaplan Fellows, we were asked to define our own leadership styles.  We were then told that if we really wanted to know what we were like as leaders, we should ask our employees, who would have a better sense of our strengths and […]

  • Apr132013
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    The Introverted Leader

    As the Executive Director of a non-profit, I spend most of my days with my “game-face” on. I manage, and attempt to motivate, our team, I attempt to impress potential donors, I give speeches. I smile, I laugh, I engage. And then, at the end of the day, I’m utterly exhausted, and there’s nothing that […]

  • Apr072013
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    What Stresses You Out?

    I think that my job is stressful.  And I think that too many social entrepreneurs are not honest and open about how this stress manifests itself.  For a variety of reasons, the “myth of the social entrepreneur” has emerged, tying itself essentially to the passionate, incredibly hard-working, charismatic individual that will do whatever they can […]

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