Generation Citizen’s mission is to empower underrepresented youth to be active participants in the democratic process.
What We Do
We pair trained college volunteers (Mentors) with teachers to implement an action civics curriculum in low-income secondary schools. Over the course of the twice-weekly semester-long in-class program, students learn to map their community’s assets and challenges, develop a focused, strategic plan to address an issue they care about, and then take real action on it. Students lobby elected officials, write opinion pieces for newspapers, and make documentaries to advance solutions to important community issues. Through direct engagement in real-world advocacy, guided by near-peer college Mentors and teachers, students gain the civic knowledge, skills, and motivation necessary to effect change in their communities. GC closes the Civic Engagement Gap by teaching students how to harness the power of our democratic system to make a difference in their own lives.