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  • 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 […]

  • Mar302017
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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!   Study: 60 Percent of Rural Millennials Lack […]

  • 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 […]

  • Mar272017
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    We’re Hiring a FAO Schwarz Family Foundation Fellow and Program Associate (Massachusetts)

    FAO Schwarz Family Foundation Fellowship and Generation Citizen Fellow and Program Associate Position 2017-19 Generation Citizen (GC) is pleased to announce that it is partnering with the FAO Schwarz Family Foundation Fellowship to hire an exceptional recent college graduate to support our programs across Massachusetts and capacity building efforts at GC. This position is an […]

  • 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 […]

  • Mar092017
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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!   A Great New Accidental Renaissance. The New […]

  • Mar022017
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    Generation Citizen Providence Students Lobby to Prevent Youth Smoking

    “This bill helps raise the age of tobacco buying, from 18 to 21. Why? Have you ever walked down a street and noticed how many people are actually smoking? As a child, people don’t think my opinion matters, but it does… If you vote to raise the age, then I don’t have to worry.” -Generation […]

  • Mar012017
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    Civic Talk: Youth Taking Action

    Civic Talk is an ongoing blog series from Generation Citizen where we offer our perspectives on political, cultural, and global news through the lens of civic action and education, and share the articles and resources that have helped to shape our understanding. Political fever continues to run high as we move past the early months […]

  • Feb162017
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    What We’re Reading

    Every other week, 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 Snapchat Cohort gets into Politics, and […]

  • Jan312017
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    Civic Talk: Ideological Bubbles

    Civic Talk is an ongoing blog series from Generation Citizen where we offer our perspectives on political, cultural, and global news through the lens of civic action and education, and share the articles and resources that have helped to shape our understanding. Our latest report,“Education Paves the Road to Sustained Democracy,” highlights that meaningful interactions […]

  • Jan302017
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    The Ironies, Messiness, and Surprises of Democracy: Lessons in Citizenship

    The Ironies, Messiness, and Surprises of Democracy: Lessons in Citizenship Dr. Sylvia Rousseau, Professor of Clinical Education, USC Rossier School of Education and Generation Citizen Board Member The political events of January 2017 provide a trove of lessons about citizenship and democracy. At a moment in our national life in which elements of our democracy seemed […]

  • 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 […]

  • Jan262017
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    TRIVIA FOR CHANGEMAKERS

    Generation Citizen’s Trivia for Changemakers 4th Annual Trivia Fundraiser Thursday, March 23 2017, 6:30pm-9:00pm Microsoft NERD Center, Kendall Square, 1 Memorial Drive, Suite 100, Cambridge, MA 02142 Test your trivia mettle in this exclusive best-of-Boston matchup, pitting teams from Boston’s industries against competitors in their sector to see who can clinch the grand ChangeMaker’s Cup. For a critical cause: every […]

  • Jan262017
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    What We’re Reading

    Every other week, GC picks out a selection of articles that are relevant to our work and to the civic 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!   25 ways to be politically active (whether […]

  • Jan242017
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    New report: Education Paves the Road to Sustained Democracy

    Trite scandals and the saturation of falsities overshadowed substantial policy debate during the 2016 presidential election. Most Americans, irrespective of political affiliation, felt frustration and fatigue as a result. The presidential election season underscored a lack of meaningful civic and political knowledge and participation and accentuated the continual and dangerous deemphasis of local government. While […]

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