Generation Citizen is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing students with an “effective action civics education” in order to create a future of actively engaged citizens. Founded in 2008 by Brown University students Anna Ninan and Scott Warren, Generation Citizen started with students teaching action civics classes in four classrooms in Providence, RI, to helpstudents learn about the power of their civic voice.
Concerned with low levels of civic engagement among youth–especially low income youth–Generation Citizen set out to give students the education and tools needed to understand how to become actively involved with government. Students participate in a semester-long, common core and state standards-aligned course in which they choose an issue that personally affects them, research and analyze the causes of the problem, and develop an action plan. Once students create a plan, they then put it into action by writing opinion pieces, meeting with legislators, creating petitions, and informing policy. At the end of the semester, students present their plans at a Civics Day. In the end, the experience leaves students with invaluable lessons, preparing them for long-term civic engagement.
In the five years since its inception, Generation Citizen has reached over 30,000 middle and high school students and now operates four offices in Boston, New York City, Providence, and San Francisco. Generation Citizen continues to change the way students view government, as well as their own ability to make a difference.
The New England Council is proud to welcome Generation Citizen and looks forward to their active participation on our Higher Education Committee.
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