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  • Nov082018
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    Voter suppression by adults sends the wrong message to America’s young people

    Why restricting participation at the polls might discourage emerging civic actors Voter suppression teaches children that adults are not serious about preserving democracy for the emerging generation of voters. When eligible individuals follow all the rules and still struggle to obtain access to the ballot box, it sends the wrong signal to the nation’s young people. […]

  • Nov082018
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    NEW REPORT: Through an Action Civics Lens – Policy and Advocacy to Support Effective Civics Education Across the 50 states

    Generation Citizen’s Policy and Advocacy Team is thrilled to be launching a report, “Through an Action Civics Lens: Policy and Advocacy to Support Effective Civics Education Across the 50 States” in tandem with our 2018-2019 Policy and Advocacy Agenda. You can find  the Report here and the Agenda here. Generation Citizen’s (GC) founding mission is […]

  • Nov022018
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    Lesson Plans for Teachers: NYC City Charter Revision Commissions!

    Generation Citizen created this rapid response Lesson Package for teachers to implement in their 8th to 12th-grade classrooms in order to both ensure a more informed local population and engage young people in this important local political procedure. Over the next year, New Yorkers will have multiple opportunities to share their input and shape the […]

  • Nov022018
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    Flip Your Ballot: GC Endorses All Three NYC Ballot Proposals

    On Thursday, October 25, 2018, Generation Citizen New York City submitted public comments to the Campaign Finance Board endorsing the three ballot proposals on the November 6, 2018 ballot. Read on! GC NYC participated in the 2018 Charter Revision Commission process, including by testifying before the 2018 New York City Charter Revision Commission (Commission) about […]

  • Nov022018
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    NYC Local Advisory Board Hype Man Performance

    The Generation Citizen New York City’s Local Advisory Board is excited to invite you to a private evening of theater to benefit Generation Citizen at The Flea Theater on Monday, November 12th for the 7pm performance of Hype Man, followed by a wine reception and talk back with the cast. The play by Idris Goodwin […]

  • Sep202018
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    We’re hiring a Bay Area Program Manager

    Generation Citizen is Hiring a Bay Area Program Manager Generation Citizen (GC) is excited to announce that we are looking for an exceptional leader to join our team as the Bay Area Program Manager of our local “Democracy Coach” Action Civics model, which involves recruiting, training, and supporting college volunteer Democracy Coaches in effectively partnering […]

  • Aug132018
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    GENERATION CITIZEN ANNOUNCES AIMEE SPRUNG AS MASSACHUSETTS BOARD CHAIR

    Generation Citizen (GC) is excited to welcome Aimee Sprung as the new Chairperson of the Massachusetts Board of Directors. As Generation Citizen Massachusetts enters a phase of rapid opportunity and growth, we are thrilled for Aimee to lead our local site to help us engage exponentially more young people in Action Civics and support the next […]

  • Jul312018
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    What We’re Reading | July 31st, 2018

    Our favorite articles from recent weeks 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!   How […]

  • Jun182018
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    Announcing the Hasbro Change Maker Award Recipients

      This year, Generation Citizen and the Hasbro Children’s Fund collaborated to create the Hasbro Change Maker Award. Awards were given out in the form of mini-grants to fund and support student ideas on how they could make their communities a better place. Across five schools in Providence, RI and the surrounding areas, volunteers from Hasbro […]

  • Jun142018
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    Generation Citizen NYC Executive Director, DeNora Getachew, Testimony to Joint Hearing of New York City Council’s Education and Youth Services Committees

    Testimony delivered by DeNora Getachew, New York City Executive Director of Generation Citizen to Joint Hearing of the New York City Council’s Education and Youth Services Committees regarding Youth Civic Engagement Opportunities. Read on!   Good Afternoon Members of the City Council’s Education and Youth Services Committees: My name is DeNora Getachew and I’m the […]

  • Jun142018
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    GC Student, Samara Henry, Testifies at the New York City Council Executive Budget Hearing

    On May 24th, 2018, Samara Henry, a student at the Bronx Academy of Letters, testified at the New York City Council Executive Budget Hearing. Here she explains the crucial role of Action Civics. Read on!   Good afternoon. Thank you for the opportunity to testify at today’s hearing. My name is Samara Henry and I […]

  • Jun142018
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    GC Student, Anyhara Garcia, Testifies to The New York City Council Education and Youth Services Committees

    On June 13th, 2018, International High School of Health Sciences student Anyhara Garcia, submitted a public testimony to the New York City Education and Youth Services Committees. Here she explains the crucial role Action Civics has in effectively addressing New York City’s civic participation problem. Read on!   Good afternoon. Thank you for the opportunity […]

  • May302018
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    Civics Day: A Movement of Youth Civic Engagement Across the U.S.

    Watch: “Youth voices are the key to change for the future.”  Justice Paraiso-Caceres and GC Students Share Why Youth Voice Matters  Generation Citizen students are leading in their communities by tackling head-on difficult issues that impact their everyday lives: pollution, bullying, gun violence, school funding and many more. At Civics Day, our end-of-semester showcase event, […]

  • May222018
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    Ruba Tariq: I am the present and future of American Democracy

  • May212018
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    We’re Hiring a Vote16DC Campaign Fellow (Washington, DC)

    Vote16DC Campaign Fellow About Generation Citizen: Generation Citizen is an innovative, quickly scaling nonprofit that seeks to strengthen our nation’s democracy by empowering young people to become engaged and effective citizens. GC believes all students have the right to an effective civics education that prepares them to participate in our democracy. We partner with schools […]

  • May032018
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    We’re Hiring a Vote16USA Summer Fellow (Boston, MA)

    About Vote16USA: Vote16USA is a national initiative, organized by Generation Citizen, that supports youth-led campaigns to lower the voting age to 16 on the local level in cities around the country and promotes the issue on a national level. Since launching in 2015, Vote16USA has become the leading authority on this policy issue and currently […]

  • May012018
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    [podcast] Civics Disrupted: The Rise and Potential of Political Entrepreneurship

    Rising to meet the many social and political challenges facing our democracy is a new breed of innovator and disruptor. Political Entrepreneurs are addressing some of democracy’s most pressing challenges by delivering fresh and innovative ideas, products, and services. On Wednesday, April 25th Generation Citizen, brought together a panel of diverse civic disruptors to explore […]

  • Apr192018
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    We’re Hiring a Vote16DC Campaign Organizer

    About Generation Citizen: Generation Citizen is an innovative, quickly scaling nonprofit that seeks to strengthen our nation’s democracy by empowering young people to become engaged and effective citizens. GC believes all students have the right to an effective civics education that prepares them to participate in our democracy. We partner with schools to implement an […]

  • May152017
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    The New Civic Activism

    The New Civic Activism A view from Brooklyn By David Pechefsky, Senior Advisor Since the presidential election, my Brooklyn neighborhood has seen a big surge in liberal activism. Under the banner of “Get Organized Brooklyn” our local Council Member has been convening monthly meetings attended by as many as a thousand people. After the first meeting in […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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, […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • Nov162016
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    Dana Harris: Action civics education is more important now, than ever.

    Dana Harris, Generation Citizen’s Advocacy Manager, shares her perspective on political disillusionment – and how you can help us change it.   I grew up with the belief that in order to make real change in this country, I had to work around government, not through it. I spent my high school years committed to […]

  • Sep272016
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    Why We’re Going to Texas: A Former Austin Teacher Shares Her Powerful Story

    Meredith Norris, Austin native and former teacher, is leading the effort to bring Generation Citizen to Central Texas. Here she tells us why. I started my teaching career in 2012 in the San Francisco Bay Area. Debates over Common Core and teacher evaluation ran rampant. Standards and test scores were valued above all, but the […]

  • Sep122016
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    4 Reasons Why You Should Vote in New York’s Primary Election

    4 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD VOTE IN NEW YORK’S PRIMARY ELECTION By Bonnie Mills and Nora Howe, Generation Citizen New York Program Associates Tomorrow, September 13th, New Yorkers will have the opportunity to vote for their State Senator and Assemblymember, all of whom are up for reelection in the state primary election. But why should […]

  • Jun282016
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    Young People Could Have Stopped Brexit

    In the aftermath of last week’s globally consequential Brexit referendum, in which voters in the United Kingdom decided to historically break away from the European Union, much of the analysis has centered on the imbalance between the opinions of young people and the ramifications of the vote on their futures. Yet a comprehensive statistical analysis […]

  • Nov052015
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    Ellie’s Eighth Grade Endeavors, Episode 3: Why Community Engagement Matters

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

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • Sep222016
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    What We’re Reading

    Every other week, GC picks out a selection of articles, videos, or podcasts that are relevant to our work and to the civic education space as a whole. This week we are focusing specifically on local news and issues in some of GC’s program regions. We at GC love to expand our learning in every […]

  • Sep132016
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    Civic Tech Challenge Greater Boston Registration is Open!

    The Greater Boston hackathon will take place on Saturday, November 5, 2016 Sign-up to Participate in the Civic Tech Challenge Hackathon Buy Tickets to the Civic Tech Challenge Awards Reception Generation Citizen’s Civic Tech Challenge brings together top tech innovators and passionate middle school students for a day-long hackathon that will create solutions to tough […]

  • Sep082016
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    Join Us: Stories of Grassroots Change

    Join Generation Citizen and the Boston Debate League for this inspiring storytelling event. Local activists and aspiring young leaders involved in contemporary grassroots change campaigns in Boston will share their stories of struggle, success, and advocacy insights. Attendees with their own stories of grassroots change can also sign up to share by selecting “Storyteller” on the […]

  • Aug152016
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    WE ARE TEAM GENERATION CITIZEN

    Last week, the Generation Citizen team traveled from all across the US to attend our annual retreat at the Wisdom House in beautiful Litchfield, Connecticut. This retreat is the one time a year when all GC staff can come together in person to collaborate and engage meaningfully with each other and our varied work, and […]

  • Aug032016
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    Join Us: Community Change Fellows Graduation Celebration

    We’re excited to announce that Generation Citizen’s Community Change Fellowship graduation celebration is right around the corner. Join us in celebrating these young civic leaders! The GC Community Change Fellowship is an internship opportunity for high-performing GC high school alumni to continue their community engagement after the semester in a professional political environment. The evening […]

  • Aug012016
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    Young Leaders Gather for GC’s Democracy Education Youth Summit

    Generation Citizen is thrilled to be bringing 26 young people (ages 14-18), together the first week of August for our first-ever Democracy Education Youth Summit. The participants hail from 14 states across the country and will congregate in New York City for three days of activities, workshops, and collaboration. The goal of the summit is […]

  • Jun302016
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    GC’s Expanding to the Heartland

    We are excited to announce Generation Citizen’s expansion to Central Texas and Oklahoma City in the fall of 2016. When we passed Generation Citizen’s four-year strategic plan two years ago, expanding to new sites was a top goal, both to test our model in new geographies and to make a more effective case for the […]

  • Jun172016
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    Join Us: Democracy Education Youth Summit

    Generation Citizen is organizing a Democracy Education Youth Summit this summer and we want you to join us! We will bring together young people between the ages of 14-18 from across the country for this training and leadership convening, taking place Monday, August 1st – Wednesday, August 3rd in New York City. All expenses will be covered for attendees, but you must apply. The […]

  • 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, […]

  • 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 […]

  • Feb112015
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    How Do We Educate to Improve Our Democracy?

    How do We Educate to Improve our Democracy?   As Generation Citizen matures as an organization, we’ve realized that it’s not enough for us to solely focus on our in-school programming.  We continue to improve and iterate our action civics curriculum and teacher and volunteer training, but we have also recognized the necessity of building […]

  • Feb112015
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    Defending Social Studies Funding in Massachusetts

    On March 9, 2015, Greater Boston Advocacy Manager Leila Quinn gave testimony before the MA Foundation Budget Review Commission in defense of funding for social studies and civics courses. Below you will find an abridged version of her testimony.   State law charges our schools with a civic mission that we must revive. Students often learn […]

  • Feb112015
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    GC Boston Class Helps Passage of Homeless Youth Services Law

    By Kristen Lobo   Before leaving office, Massachusetts Governor Patrick signed the Unaccompanied Homeless Youth bill into law providing shelter and services to homeless youth on Tuesday, January 6th.  According to the law, a homeless young person is defined as “a person 24 years of age or younger who is not in the physical custody or care of […]

  • Feb112015
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    CCF Fellow Miajia Speaks at the Ford Foundation

    On January 23, 2014, Generation Citizen co-hosted an event at the Ford Foundation called “Educating for Democracy:  The Role of Young People in Re-Invigorating our Democracy.” During this event, as part of the “Scaling Civic Learning” panel, GC alum and Community Change Fellow Miajia Jaware spoke as a youth participant. We could not be more proud […]

  • Feb102015
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    NYC DCs Reflect: Haikus from Training Day

    At the end of two longs days of training, we asked our NYC Democracy Coaches to reflect on the experience in the form of a haiku. Lots of mixed emotions – from excitement to anxiousness to plain old fatigue after a long day. Boston, Bay Area, and Rhode Island DCs: you’re not alone! We’re all […]

  • Mar142014
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    Summer 2014 Internship Openings

    We are excited to announce two new summer internship positions opening at GC! Please read below to learn more about the Development Internship and National Program Internship. Development Internship Generation Citizen (dev-generation-citizen.pantheon.io/) is an innovative, quickly scaling non-profit that seeks to strengthen our nation’s democracy by empowering young people to become engaged and effective citizens. […]

  • Sep302013
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    Reflections on Democracy Coach Training

    On September 21-22nd, GC’s newest cohort of Democracy Coaches in four program sites participated in a training workshop to prepare for the start of the school year. Below, Director of Programming Meghan Trombly reflects on the experience in a letter to the Fall 2013 Generation Citizen Democracy Coaches. Dear Generation Citizen Democracy Coach, Dragging oneself […]

  • Sep042013
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    Walking the Walk

    We profess to be a great many things. Our nation claims to be a beacon of representative democracy, a government “of the people, by the people, for the people.” Yet, Generation Citizen exists because sometimes what we say we value doesn’t always match reality. So then we either reconsider our values, though in this case […]

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