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  • 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 […]

  • Apr182018
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    Jury is More Than a Duty — It’s Civics in Action

    Jury is More Than a Duty — It’s Civics in Action How jury duty is a microcosm of our democracy by Nora Howe, New York Senior Program Associate Everyone assured me that I wouldn’t be picked. Or groaned when I told them I’d been summoned. When I walked to Brooklyn Superior Court with dozens of other New Yorkers […]

  • Apr042018
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    Generation Citizen Testimony to the New York City Council Education Committee

    On March 23, 2018, Generation Citizen NYC Program Director, Brooke Wallace, submitted public testimony about the New York City Council’s Education Committee Budget and the importance of having Action Civics in the classroom. Here she explains the crucial role Action Civics has in effectively addressing New York City’s civic participation problem. Read on! Good Morning […]

  • Apr042018
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    Emily Larcher Shares Public Testimony on the Importance of Action Civics Education

    On March 23, 2018, Generation Citizen NYC alumna, Emily Larcher, submitted public testimony to the New York City Council’s Education Committee. Here she explains her experience in a Generation Citizen class and how it empowered her to use her voice and become civically engaged after Generation Citizen. Read on! Testimony by Emily Larcher Freshman at […]

  • Mar242018
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    Generation Citizen Statement on Today’s March

    Generation Citizen Statement on Today’s March Today demonstrates not only the importance of student activism, but the value of ensuring that every young person in this country receives an effective civics education. Today, hundreds of thousands of young people across the country will be marching in the March for our Lives, demanding that public officials […]

  • Mar202018
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    We’re 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 with classroom teachers to facilitate Action Civics in middle […]

  • Mar192018
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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! The Power to Change the World: A Teaching […]

  • Mar152018
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    We’re Hiring a Director of Impact (New York, NY)

    Overview: Generation Citizen (www.GenerationCitizen.org), a quickly scaling civics education nonprofit that seeks to strengthen our nation’s democracy by empowering young people to become engaged and effective citizens, is looking for an experienced leader to help assess and deepen its impact on students, teachers, schools in multiple regions across the country. The Director of Impact will […]

  • Mar052018
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    We’re Hiring a Rhode Island Program Associate

    Position Overview Generation Citizen (GC) Rhode Island is looking for an exceptional and energetic professional to join our team as a Rhode Island Program Associate. The Program Associate is responsible for the recruitment, training, coordination, and coaching of college student volunteers and will work directly with volunteers as well as teachers, youth, and GC’s program […]

  • Mar052018
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    We’re Hiring a Bay Area Program Associate

    Position Overview Generation Citizen (GC) Bay Area is looking for an exceptional early career professional to join our team as a Bay Area Program Associate. The Program Associate is responsible for the recruitment, training, coordination, and coaching of college student volunteers and will work directly with volunteers as well as teachers, youth, and GC’s program […]

  • Mar052018
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    Young People Are Always at the Forefront of Political Change

    Young People Are Always at the Forefront of Political Change Lessons for Generation Citizen from Parkland by Scott Warren On February 14th, when I heard there had been another school shooting, I admit that I was simultaneously devastated and defeated. Crushed that yet another shooting had occurred, but already completely succumbed to a reality that nothing […]

  • Mar022018
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    Civics Education in the Classroom and Community

    Civics Education in the Classroom and Community Civics education must happen in school, as well as other community-rooted institutions. By Andrew Wilkes, Director of Policy and Advocacy Civics education must happen in schools. But it can, and must, also happen in community centers, congregations, labor unions, and other membership-driven organizations. One way to define civics […]

  • Mar012018
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    We’re Hiring an Americorps VISTA (Boston, MA)

    Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life at Tufts University and Generation Citizen Campus Compact of Southern New England Americorps VISTA Position Description 2018-19 The Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life is pleased to announce that it is partnering with Generation Citizen (GC) to hire an Campus Compact of Southern New England Americorps VISTA […]

  • Feb262018
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    WE’RE HIRING A DEVELOPMENT AND PHILANTHROPY INTERN

    GENERATION CITIZEN DEVELOPMENT AND PHILANTHROPY INTERN Internship Locations: New York, NY Position: 10-20 hours / week; Stipend provided Summer 2018 Generation Citizen 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. Generation Citizen (GC) believes all students have the right to […]

  • Feb232018
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    Our Students Respond to Parkland

    A message from Julian and A’niya, Generation Citizen’s Student Leadership Board Members There are no words to atone for the tragedy of 17 youth lives lost within a school’s walls. But we wanted to offer you all our thoughts. On behalf of Generation Citizen and our Student Leadership Board, our hearts go out to the […]

  • Feb212018
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    Resources for Educators Addressing the Parkland Shooting

    Last week, amidst a terrible tragedy, we were reminded that schools are places that fundamentally foster hope. We at Generation Citizen have grieved along with the rest of the nation, both shocked and saddened to live in a country in which shootings at schools have become all too commonplace. But even in a time of pain […]

  • 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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    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 […]

  • Feb112015
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    What’s So Great About Young Founders?

    What’s So Great About Young Founders? – Scott Warren   Last Friday, the author Robin Black penned a New York Times op-ed entitled, “What’s So Great About Young Writers,” rallying against a culture that she feels unfairly rewards youth, rather than merit. Describing her path to becoming an emerging writer in her late forties, she […]

  • Feb112015
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    From One Semester to Another: Leaving My Comfort Zone Behind

    By Katherine Dillon   My first semester at Fordham University was much like that of those portrayed in movies and TV shows – I was almost always learning, meeting new people, or simply in a state of awe at the newness of everything.   I had so often heard before leaving for college that my […]

  • Feb112015
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    From Pebble Beach to East Flatbush

    A few weeks ago, I spent Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at a luxurious hotel located on the Pebble Beach Golf Course near Monterrey, California. My mornings comprised of runs along ocean-side cliffs with stunning vistas, and my days consisted of vigorous intellectual conversations about the lack of constituency voice in social entrepreneurial ventures, and the […]

  • 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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    Welcome to Our Newest Intern, Gabrielle!

    Hi! My name is Gabrielle Aaron. I am a student at Washington University in St. Louis, not to be confused with Washington University in Washington—I promise this one is in Missouri. I am studying Psychology, Marketing and Children’s Studies. If you ask how they all go together, the answer is simply that these topics all […]

  • Feb112015
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    Swimming Like a Duck

    By Scott Warren   I’ve always had a weird admiration for ducks. When I was younger, my grandparents lived steps away from a pond filled with ducks. I used to visit it frequently, illegally feeding them breadcrumbs, searching for ducklings, watching them swim.   It’s a little cliché, but one of the most fascinating aspects […]

  • Feb112015
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    Teach Young People About Civic Duties

    By Rep. Javier Martinez / Democrat, Albuquerque and Scott Warren / Executive Director, Generation Citizen. Published by Albuquerque Journal New Mexico’s high school students spend a lot of time at school. Approximately 140 hours per month, not counting extracurricular activities. How this time is structured, financed and spent is decided by a governing school board, […]

  • Feb092015
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    Welcome to our Newest Intern, Admera!

    Hi everyone, my name is Admera Khan and I am a transfer from Syracuse University studying the best two combinations, which I consider to be Politics and Spanish at NYU.  I am currently a sophomore pretending to be a “real New Yorker” by living the life of a student/intern who thinks they understand how to […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • Aug272013
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    Incorporating Voices: A Modern Jeffersonian Meal

    Last week, Generation Citizen Board Member Robert Flanders hosted a “Jeffersonian Breakfast” inspired by the dinners hosted by Thomas Jefferson back in the early days of our Republic. Jefferson would invite 10 friends to Monticello to discuss a set topic, which could range from politics to philosophy to archeology, to hear the personal experiences that […]

  • Jul102013
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    GC to Receive Funding from Knight Foundation

    Today, we’re excited to announce that Generation Citizen has received a transformative grant of $190,000 from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to both evaluate and expand our work.  We are truly grateful to the Knight Foundation for taking a chance on us, and believing in action civics.  See the press release below from […]

  • May022013
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    DCs of the Month

    Looking back at April, a big month for us at GC as classes go deep into taking action, we’d like to recognize the following Democracy Coaches for their empowering work and dedication. NEW YORK DC OF THE MONTH: RINA KATTAN, STUDENT AT COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY   What brought you to GC? After Rocky Solomon, a former […]

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