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  • Oct232015
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    Ellie’s Eighth Grade Endeavors, Episode 2: The Struggle Behind Empowerment

  • Oct162015
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    What We’re Reading

    Every 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!   Will John King’s last effort to desegregate New […]

  • Oct152015
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    Ellie’s Eighth Grade Endeavors, Episode 1: Democracy Coaches Learn Too

  • Oct082015
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    Why I Ran for Office, and Why Young Americans Run From It

    – Jennifer L. Lawless   I’m a 40-year-old self-avowed political junkie. Election Day is my Super Bowl. The Sunday Morning talk shows are my favorite reality TV (although the Real Housewives franchise is a close second). I berate myself when I can’t name all 100 U.S. senators off the top of my head. And my […]

  • Oct062015
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    Should Politics be Fun?

    Should Politics Be Fun?               As the 2016 elections approach, the missing youth electorate is becoming an increasingly prevalent story.  Despite a slight upwards tick of youth participation in President Obama’s victories in 2008 and 2012, the 2014 midterms saw the lowest youth voting rate in the last forty years, with only 19% of […]

  • Oct022015
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    What We’re Reading

    Every 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!   Arne Duncan’s Wars, Politico: A long, but important, […]

  • Sep232015
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    Updates from Islamabad

    In 2011, former Democracy Coach and Chapter Director Sameea Butt joined the Columbia chapter of Generation Citizen. Originally from Islamabad, Pakistan, Sameea launched an action civics program in her home town after graduating, through a program called EducationUSA Pakistan. We invite you to read Sameea’s recent update on her students’ experience (and to check out […]

  • Sep182015
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    Top 5 Tips for Democracy Coaches

    – Noelle Garza, University of San Francisco   Step Up, Step Back   Being a DC is all about knowing when to step up, and when to step back. When my 8th graders were choosing our Focus Issue, the process took longer than expected. The students were overwhelmed with the enormity of how violence was […]

  • Sep172015
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    What We’re Reading

    Every 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!   If Anyone Ever Tells You Your Vote Doesn’t […]

  • Sep102015
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    GC Welcomes RI Program Associate Molly Cohen!

    Hello!   My name is Molly Cohen, and I’m excited to be joining Generation Citizen as the Rhode Island Program Associate.   I first developed an interest in community empowerment as a student at Vassar College. I was lucky enough to be able to study the impact of structural inequality academically as well as experientially, […]

  • Sep082015
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    I’m Too Busy to Write This Blog Post

    “How are you doing? How’s your summer going?”   “I’m just so busy! And I thought I was going to have so much time this summer to catch up on life, and, I just got too busy, and now it’s almost gone!”   I would venture that every person in the working world had some […]

  • Sep082015
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    Learning that My Voice Matters

    My name is Oliver Peña. I’m 18 years old and about to embark on my senior year of high school at Urban Assembly School for Careers in Sports. I was fortunate to be a part of Generation Citizen this past spring and am excited to be a 2015 Community Change Fellow, working in the office […]

  • Sep042015
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    What We’re Reading

    Every 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!   Millenials Don’t Believe in Voting, Boston Globe: Columnist Joanna […]

  • Aug172015
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    My Adventures in Democracy

    – David Pechefsky   Recently, GC has embarked on a project in which we ask ourself #WhyGC. Where to start? I have been working in government/politics/democracy building for close to 20 years. Back in 1996 I was an intern in the office of Brooklyn Council Member Steve Dibrienza. This was when Mayor Giuliani’s administration was […]

  • Jul142015
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    Does Civics Cross Borders?

    As I’ve talked about extensively, the idea for Generation Citizen initially came about after my observing emerging democracies at work resulted in a realization that the American democracy needed a youth revitalization. Specifically, observing the successful 2002 Kenyan elections as a fifteen year old showed me the power of individuals coming together to make a […]

  • Feb222015
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    GC Launches Demand-Building Efforts Through Advocacy Briefing Webinar

    Generation Citizen is excited to share a recording of our Advocacy Briefing Webinar, which focused on our newest workstream: building demand for action civics. We were thrilled to be joined by Ford Foundation Program Officer Sanjiv Rao. In addition to continuing to strengthen and grow our direct programming, GC will now engage in targeted advocacy […]

  • Feb222015
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    Getting Off College Hill

    – Sean Manning, Brown University Democracy Coach   A mixture of excitement and anxiety clouded my mind when I first set foot in Providence, Rhode Island to begin my college career at Brown University. It had been my dream to attend Brown, and the fact that that dream had become a reality had not quite […]

  • Feb112015
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    Meet a DC! Boston University’s Mai Mazan

    The following interview was posted on the Microsoft Blog, after Boston’s Civic Tech Challenge hackathon event hosted at Microsoft N.E.R.D. in November. Mai Mazan, a Democracy Coach from Boston University, was generous enough to share her experience with GC with the folks at Microsoft, and we always love hearing about the incredible work our DCs […]

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