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  • Jul202017
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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! What happens to local news when there is […]

  • Jul112017
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    Robert DeLossa, Social Studies Chair of Lowell High School, shares Public Testimony on the Importance of Action Civics Education

    On June 13, 2017 Social Studies Chair of Lowell High School, Robert DeLossa, submitted Public Testimony to the State of MA. Here he emphasizes the importance of civics education and the critical role it plays in preparing young people to be active and informed participants in our democracy. Read on!     Members of the […]

  • Jun272017
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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! Youth turnout at UK general election highest in […]

  • Jun232017
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    Political Schools

    Political Schools A Former Teacher’s Summertime Reflection By Meredith Norris, Texas Site Manager High school students shake hands with judges at Generation Citizen’s Central Texas Civics Day Summer is often the time when teachers have a chance to think back on their year and dream about the next one. What do they wish they’d had more time […]

  • Jun142017
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    Action civics: A bold and necessary response to our nation’s failing civics education

    Back in April, The National Review published an article, “Failing the Civics Test, Coast to Coast,” by Grant Addison, which welcomes the Citizenship Test as a graduation requirement in response to the lack civic knowledge among Americans’ and particularly, young Americans. Seeking the most effective ways to build civic knowledge and skills, we at Generation […]

  • Jun132017
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    WATCH: Highlights from Oklahoma’s Inaugural Civics Day

      And here are recaps of each class project that won an award: POLLUTION IN DRINKING WATER NORMAN NORTH HIGH SCHOOL, MS. JOHNSON’S 12TH GRADE CLASS Students were concerned with the amount of nitrogen and phosphorous pollution in Lake Thunderbird, the primary source of drinking water for the City of Norman. They want to provide […]

  • Jun092017
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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! Teen’s election to Pearland school board turns heads, […]

  • Jun082017
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    Testimony to NYS Education Commissioner of the Board of Regents

    Testimony to be delivered by DeNora Getachew, Executive Director of Generation Citizen, New York to New York State Education Commissioner Elia and Members of the Board of Regents   Re: Civics Education in Draft New York State ESSA Plan June 6, 2017 Dear Commissioner Elia and Members of the Board of Regents: Generation Citizen (“GC”) […]

  • Jun072017
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    Scott Warren: The Long Road to Change

    There is sometimes a reflexive tendency when witnessing young people in action to express something akin to “Seeing this work made me so hopeful about the future!” I have heard this sentiment expressed again and again from those who attend a Generation Citizen Civics Day, our semester-end event, in which our students present the issues […]

  • Jun072017
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    Democratizing in the Digital Age

    Democratizing in the Digital Age A defense of the internet’s role in politics By Monica Roman, Operations Associate   Apps like Countable give you direct access to elected officials and the bills they’re voting on It is easy to get caught up in the narrative of the internet as a chaotic force in politics these days, with it […]

  • May192017
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    WE’RE HIRING A New York City Program Director

    Generation Citizen New York City Program Director Generation Citizen (GC) is excited to announce that we are looking for an exceptional leader to join our team as the New York Program Director. The Program Director will guide the strategy and development of action civics programming across New York City, working directly with a local site team as […]

  • May182017
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    Action Civics: To lead change, we must first teach it

    Action Civics: To lead change, we must first teach it An Oklahoma Board Member’s view on democracy in action Our democracy relies on participation and adequate pluralism. Generation Citizen Oklahoma Local Board Member, Nyla Khan reflects on how civics education can achieve this as evidenced by students at Generation Citizen Oklahoma’s inaugural Civics Day in this article, […]

  • May172017
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    Youth Leaders: Join Us in Rhode Island this Summer and Make a Difference in the Community.

    If you asked my teachers and peers what I was like in middle and high school many would describe me as a “free spirit”, “collaborative”, “strong willed”, and “opinionated.” I loved learning, but also liked to ask questions. I participated in the traditional leadership opportunities in school such as student government, but when the school […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • Mar302013
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    Talking About Money

    When I first started Generation Citizen, as a senior at Brown, my primary concern with making it a full-fledged non-profit was fundraising- I had no idea how to do it, and the concept seemed terrifying to me, especially in the midst of the financial collapse.  The only reason that GC got off the ground (and […]

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