Framework for action

Beyond enjoying successful action projects, we want Generation Citizen students to end their semesters with an understanding of how they can effect real, lasting change in their communities. We want them to approach this challenge politically - instead of thinking about solving hunger by serving at soup kitchens, thinking about it by broaching structural issues that enable hunger, such as lack of funding for adequate school breakfast programs.

We promote political engagement, which we define as interaction with power, and specifically, governmental institutions.

This is different than broad-based civic engagement or volunteer service – we believe that systemic change requires political participation.

The Advocacy Hourglass is the foundation of our curricular approach and depicts the process that our students learn and practice. Students begin by thinking about broad issues in their community, narrow their topics to one local issue, and then specify a root cause that contributes to the problem. They then identify a main goal for their project, think more broadly to identify the targets of their campaign, and then choose tactics that they will utilize to get there.