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  • 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 […]

  • Apr272017
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    We’re Hiring a Central Texas Community Ambassador VISTA

      Generation Citizen Central Texas Community Ambassador VISTA Generation Citizen (GC) is excited to announce that we are looking for an exceptional person to join our team as the Central Texas Community Ambassador VISTA! Did you know that on every measure of civic engagement, Texas ranks at the bottom of the list? At Generation Citizen, […]

  • 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, […]

  • Apr212017
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    WE’RE HIRING A Manager of Program Development

    Generation Citizen Manager of Program Development Generation Citizen (GC) is looking for a passionate, innovative, and collaborative educator to fill its first Manager of Program Development (MPD) role. The MPD will work closely with GC’s National Director of Programming and program team members across the organization to build out a structured teacher professional development program as […]

  • Apr202017
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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! Factoring Schools into the Calculus of City Budgeting, […]

  • Apr202017
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    Meet Generation Citizen Associate Board Members!

    Generation Citizen Associate Boards are comprised of dedicated young professionals who are passionate about empowering young people to become engaged and effective citizens. Each member plays a critical role amplifying our mission and bringing awareness and visibility to the field of action civics. We asked a few members, both new and seasoned hailing from four […]

  • 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 […]

  • Apr132017
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    Lowell students spoke up, and the Police Chief listened

    Lowell students spoke up, and the Police Chief listened By Amy Joy Stahl Sophomores at Lowell High School have a goal: Create a gun buyback program in their city to make homes and kids safer. They’ve just convinced William Taylor, Chief of Police for the City of Lowell, to work with them. The 10th-graders in […]

  • Apr102017
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    It’s Personal

    It’s Personal By Ellie Sanchez, MA Program Associate Within the past few weeks, many of our classes have dove into a variety of issues they feel connected to at the school, neighborhood, city, and state level. Issues our students in Massachusetts have brainstormed include immigration policies, solar panels on public buildings, and consent education to […]

  • 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 […]

  • Apr052017
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    Bahar Ataai: Youth Civic Engagement Without The Noisy Hashtag

    The most important political office is that of the private citizen. –Louis D. Brandeis Reflecting upon myself as a wide-eyed eighteen-year-old Iranian American female living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania preparing to cast my first vote in the 2008 U.S. presidential election, I cringe at my lack of knowledge about my power as a U.S. citizen. Like […]

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