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  • Sep202017
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    Improving Democracy Starts with its Citizens

    Improving Democracy Starts with its Citizens How a focus on the citizen-centric process of democracy leads to better outcomes By Emely Anico, Nora Howe, Brandon Klugman, Sydney Menzin, Sarah Nicita, Scott Warren Over the last few months, several of us at Generation Citizen, with the help of Brown University students, have been conducting research centered on the […]

  • Sep182017
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    We’re Hiring a Generation Citizen Massachusetts Development Manager

    Generation Citizen is a quickly scaling national non-profit that works to ensure that every student in the United States receives an effective Action Civics education, providing them with the knowledge and skills necessary to participate in our democracy as active citizens. We envision a country of young people working to collectively strengthen our American democracy. […]

  • Sep142017
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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! If “Did Not Vote” Had Been A Candidate […]

  • Sep132017
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    Action Civics Across the Nation: Our Strategic Plan

    When we founded Generation Citizen about eight years ago, the promise of the organization became apparent as soon as we entered classrooms. We immediately saw young people advocating for better public transit, tackling the opioid crisis before it became a national hot topic, grappling with police-community relations. We quickly saw the power of Action Civics. And the […]

  • Sep082017
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    We’re Hiring A Generation Citizen Bay Area Executive Director

    Overview: Generation Citizen (generationcitizen.org), a quickly scaling non-profit that seeks to ensure that every young person in the United States receives an effective action civics education, is looking for a proven leader to take the helm as Executive Director of its Bay Area site, currently serving more than 2,000 students per year. The Executive Director […]

  • Sep062017
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    Action Civics in the Lone Star State

    Action Civics in the Lone Star State: A return to government after Hurricane Harvey by Lucianne Nelson, Central Texas Program Associate   When my parents announced that we would be moving from California to Texas, my 13 year-old self immediately envisioned a wild west that was identical to the frontiers of John Wayne movies. I fully […]

  • Aug302017
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    The Importance of Civic Participation in Moments of Perceived Institutional Failure

    The Importance of Civic Participation in Moments of Perceived Institutional Failure: Lessons from China By Eli Emigh, New York City Program Associate I found the importance of civic participation at a time in my life when my own views on civic engagement were nihilistic at best. I was a college student studying abroad in Beijing, […]

  • Aug282017
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    Generation Citizen Massachusetts Program Manager

    Generation Citizen (GC) is excited to announce that we are looking for an exceptional leader to join our team as the Massachusetts Program Manager. The Program Manager will execute GC’s ambitious strategy for action civics programming across Massachusetts, working directly with a local site team as well as educators and administrators from statewide. The position […]

  • Aug222017
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    We’re Hiring an Oklahoma Program Associate

    Generation Citizen Oklahoma Program Associate Generation Citizen (GC) is excited to announce that we are looking for an exceptional professional to join our team as the Oklahoma Program Associate. The Program Associate will work directly with college student volunteers, teachers, and youth to support action civics programming across classrooms in Oklahoma. The position will be full-time […]

  • Aug162017
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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! Put Me In Coach: Reworking Social Studies for […]

  • Aug162017
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    We’re Hiring an Administrative Assistant

    Generation Citizen Administrative Assistant (Part-Time / New York) About Generation Citizen 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. To achieve this vision, Generation Citizen works to ensure that every student in the U.S. receives an effective action […]

  • Aug092017
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    Howdy from Texas: Meet Lucianne, Central Texas’ New Program Associate

    Howdy, I am Lucianne Nelson, the new Program Associate with the Central Texas team here at Generation Citizen!   Before joining GC, I was a teaching fellow in the university setting. I also implemented civics programming on college campuses, so my background is largely in working with college students. While I definitely felt at home […]

  • Aug072017
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    We’re Hiring a Generation Citizen Massachusetts Program Director

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

  • Aug062017
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    Democracy: The Winning Horse

    Democracy: The Winning Horse How we can invest in a true culture of civic participation By David Moren Leading up to last November’s election, much of the buzz was about “How do we get more people registered to vote?!” A noble and necessary question, to be sure, yet one I often feel misses the point […]

  • Jul312017
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    WE’RE HIRING A FALL SEMESTER ADVOCACY FELLOW

    Generation Citizen Advocacy Fellow Company & Fellowship Locations: New York, NY preferred, possibility of Boston, MA Application Deadline: August 25, 2017 Position: 10-20 hours/week, fall semester; stipend provided Generation Citizen (GC) is an innovative, quickly scaling Action Civics education nonprofit that seeks to strengthen our nation’s democracy by empowering young people to become engaged and […]

  • Jul312017
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    Defining Diversity: Student Writing on the Violence Against Women Act

    Defining Diversity: Student Writing on the Violence Against Women Act Featuring an excerpt from Lowell, MA students’ recently published book on diversity and equity By Carla M. Duran Capellan, former Generation Citizen student and Student Leadership Board member I was asked by Jessica Lander, my history teacher, to write a chapter for a book with twenty-three other students […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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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