OUR PROGRAMSGeneration Citizen’s action civics curriculum is the crux of our work and of both our Democracy Coach-led and teacher-led models. The curriculum is action-based, aligned to state standards, and academically rigorous.
Over the course of GC’s in-class program, students choose an issue they care about, develop a focused, strategic plan to address the issue, take real action, and then reflect on their successes, challenges, and plans moving forward.
To implement our core program, GC pairs college volunteers (called Democracy Coaches or “DCs”) with secondary school teachers to lead our in-school action civics curriculum, using an innovative peer-to-near-peer mentorship model.
FRAMEWORK FOR ACTION
The Advocacy Hourglass (right) is the foundation of our curricular approach and depicts the process that our students learn and practice.
Civics Day is our students’ end-of-semester project showcase, held in each site in mid-December for our fall and mid-May for our spring classes. The day presents a unique opportunity for students to take pride in their projects, advocate for their issues to a local audience, and collect feedback on their plans from panels of judges.
Generation Citizen’s ultimate mission is to ensure that every student in the United States receives an effective action civics education. Thus, to further our mission, in addition to our core offering, GC works directly with teachers and administrators to support them in leading action civics in their classrooms and on their campuses.
The Generation Citizen Community Change Fellowship (CCF) is a unique opportunity for high-performing GC high school alumni to continue their community engagement after the semester, in a professional political environment.
Since 2008, Generation Citizen has grown to run its action civics programming in four sites across the country, and has partnered with organizations both nationally and internationally on related projects.